These little trees are saplings from a mature 50+ year old maple tree that sits in our (former) neighbor’s yard. The parent tree is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure what type of maple they are, but suspect them to be a sugar maples. They suffered some from drought conditions but we are going to see if we can pull them through.
The sapling below has a few small green leaves on it though you can’t tell it from the picture. As soon as I set it out, a rogue chicken came along and plucked all of its leaves off. And this little guy was minding his own business. We will see if it survives with so much going against it.
Information about Sugar Maples
Sugar maples are slow to medium growing deciduous shade trees. They are the best maple to choose when you are thinking about tapping to make maple syrup, because their sugar content is double that of other maples which results in needing less sap to make more syrup. The sap of the sugar maple usually rises sometime between January and April. When the sap is in this process, the tree may be tapped to gather some of the sap to make the deliciously sweet maple syrup. The leaves are medium to dark green and turn amazing shades of yellow, orange, red, or even all three on the same tree in the fall. Sugar maples get long-pediceled flowers in the spring that give way to their saramas (winged seeds). The sarama hang on throughout the summer and mature in the fall. The seeds germinate in the spring.