Trees #3, Sugar Maple

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We are beginning to understand that there is not just one peak of Fall colour here in Ontario but waves of colour as the leaves of different trees turn. In our area, the most common hardwood tree, and one that has produced the most colour so far, is the Sugar Maple (acer saccharum).

It is quite easy to identify by its leaves, which have the classic maple shape and on which the maple leafs of the Canadian flag are modelled.

The sugar maple has the ‘classic’ maple leaf shape.


The colours, at least in this area, are less uniformly red than we had imagined but are a mixture of gold, orange and red. In some areas the gold seems to predominate and in others, more orange and red. We are not sure if that is because of differing soil types or genetics.

In many areas of our property and the area of large hardwoods to the north of it, where Andrew & Colleen’s cottage is located, the gold and orange colours predominate in the sugar maple.


On the other hand, near the orchard, this sugar maple is a darker orange.
On Morrison Point Road, in front of our neighbour’s property, the sugar maple are a mixture of gold, orange and red.


True to their name, the sugar maple are the maple most commonly used to produce maple sugar and syrup. A number of farmers in Prince Edward County are syrup producers and Andrew is interested in doing that also. We don’t have huge stands of maple on our own property but do have quite a few in fairly dense stands that would likely produce quite a bit of syrup.

Part of the sugar maple stand in the north end of our property, near Andrew & Colleen’s cottage.


And, finally, our favourite sugar maple, a giant in the north part of the property. It is clear from the ladder that still hangs from its branches and the boards beneath it, that children once played in it.

The largest sugar maple that we have found on the property. If you click the photo to enhance, you might notice the rope ladder from an earlier time still hanging from it.





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