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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Sugar Maple
(Acer saccharum)

Donated by KC Nursing Students and Faculty
Tree Map Location: # 208
In Honor of KC Nursing Directors 1971-2009, Shirley Lampe,
Dorothy Meeks, Margaret Bradshaw, Lorraine Koehler,
Violet Draper, and Mary Lou Whitten

Sugar Maple tree in fall Sugar Maple leaf Sugar Maple fruit Sugar Maple twig Sugar Maple bark

Leaf: Opposite, simple and palmately veined, 3 to 6 inches long, 5 delicately rounded lobes, entire margin; green above, paler below.  
Flower: Light yellow-green, small, clustered, hanging from a long, slender (1 to 3 inch) stem, appearing with or slightly before the leaves in early spring.  
Fruit: Two-winged horseshoe-shaped samaras about 1 inch long, appearing in clusters, brown when mature in the fall.  
Twig: Brown, slender and shiny with lighter lenticels; terminal buds brown, very sharp pointed, with tight scales.  
Bark: Variable, but generally brown, on older trees it becomes darker, develops furrows, with long, thick irregular curling outward, firm ridges.  
Form: Medium to tall tree (to 100 feet) with very dense elliptical crown.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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