This is the fifth tree I have been visiting in the Maple family. It is winter time so lets look at the bark.
This Acer saccharum lives at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. This tree is also known as the Sugar Maple. The Sugar maple gets a characteristic black color on the bark as it matures; that is one way that you can identify the Sugar maple tree is the black looking sections on the bark. The growth of a fungus complex causes the black coloration on the bark of the sugar maple trees. Notice the sapsucker holes in the bark in this photo that my daughter took. I imagine the yellow bellied sapsuckers enjoying the sweet sap as they peck into the bark.
|Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum|
|Yellow bellied sapsucker. photo by: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sphyrapicus_varius.jpg|
I encourage you to go into nature and enjoy the peace that surrounds you.