Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum

Acer saccharum
My favorite Sugar Maple lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.  It is quite large and right near the front walk.  I love to watch the changes in her buds and twigs and leaves and bark that I notice each time I go there.

The buds of the Sugar Maple are pointed with overlapping scales.  The twigs are shiny, brownish gray and slender.  The twigs and buds are opposite each other on the branches.  I always notice the bark in the winter.  Most of the Sugar Maples I know have a dark black bark when they get older.

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