Native to eastern North America the sugar maple is a medium sized tree with a height of 80’ and spread of 60’ at maturity. Saccharum means “sugary” this name comes from the sap of the tree that is used to make maple syrup. A mature tree can produce up to 60 gallons of sap in a year, equivalent to about 1 gallon of syrup or 4.5 pounds of maple sugar. The leaf on sugar maples has 3-5 lobes and has a smooth margin. The bark is grey and at maturity starts to develop a distinct platy appearance. With a lifespan of 400 years this is a long lived, beautiful tree.