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Vermont State Tree

Sugar maple summer foliage - click to see all state trees
Sugar maple tree in summer foliag; photo by Bruce Marlin on Wikipedia (published under terms of Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License).
See All State Trees - National Tree.

Sugar Maple

The sugar maple (Acer saccharum) was designated the state tree of Vermont in 1949. Sometimes called hard maple or rock maple, sugar maple is one of the largest and more important of the hardwoods. Sap from the trunks of sugar maples is used to make maple syrup. Sugar maple trees seldom flower until they are at least 22 years old, but they can also live 300 to 400 years.

Sugar maple trunk - click to see all state trees
Sugar maple tree trunk photo © 2006 Derek Ramsey on Wikipedia, published under terms of Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License. See All State Trees - National Tree.

Sugar maple tree trunks are tapped early in the spring to collect their sap.The sap is boiled into a syrup, or concentrated further with evaporation to produce maple sugar. 34 gallons of sap are required to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup (or 8 pounds of maple sugar). The leaves of sugar maple trees turn brilliant colors of red and gold in the fall. See State Trees for all 50 states.

Sugar maple fall leaf colors - click to see all state trees
Brilliant colors from the leaves of one sugar maple tree in autumn; from a photo by Chris Glass on Wikipedia (published under Creative Commons License 2.0). See All State Trees - National Tree .
Range of sugar maples - click to see all state trees
Range of Acer saccharum (sugar maple) in North America (public domain image on Wikipedia). See All State Trees - National Tree .
Source:
State Tree - Sugar Maple: Vermont Department of Libraries
Sugar Maple: USDA Forest Service
Links:
All State Trees - National Tree

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