Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Marshall var. saccharum    Synonyms: Acer saccharum, Acer saccharum var. schneckii, Saccharodendron saccharum.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Sapindales   >   Family Sapindaceae   >   Genus Acer   

Status:

A tree that, in Maryland, is more common at high elevations than in other parts of the state, but it is commonly cultivated in parks and yards.

Description:

The leaves tend to be narrower than those of Norway Maple. The fruits (samaras) are about 1 inch long, with wings that are at 90-degree angles (or less) from each other. The fruits ripen in the fall, and the wings turn brown while the seeds are still green (Sibley, 2009).

Relationships:

Host plant for various moth species including Maple Tip Borer Moth, Variable Nigranum Moth, Serviceberry Leafroller Moth, Olethreutes glaciana, Maple Bud Borer Moth, Maple Trumpet Skeletonizer Moth, American Dagger Moth, Pale Beauty Moth, Banded Tussock Moth, and Oval-based Prominent Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants, Miller et al., 2018, Gilligan, Wright, & Gibson, 2008).

There are 83 records in the project database.

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Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/28/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Leaves of a Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/12/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple in Washington Co., Maryland (4/21/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/16/2019). Photo by William Blauvelt. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple in bloom in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/17/2020). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (10/5/2012). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (10/22/2018). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple with fall foliage near Queenstown, Maryland (10/25/2012). Photo by Danny Poet. (MBP list)

Sugar Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/9/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Collecting Sugar Maple sap for syrup production in Garrett Co., Maryland (4/25/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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