Identifying a Maple Tree


So identifying sugar maples in the winter can be a little challenging but if you
know what you’re looking for it’s not too bad. You want to look at the
buds on the trees. The sugar maples… all of the
buds come off opposite. You see opposite there the
branching is all opposite they come off opposite the the
little twigs. Some of them don’t always come off
opposite. There used to be another twig there but it broke off so you might see it looking sort of
alternate like there there that’s just because you had a
little twig break off. Generally speaking though, all the branches and twigs and buds come off right opposite each other which is unique. There’s only… the ones that have opposite
are maple, ash and dogwood those other the three opposite
branching species that you might find here in
the Northeast. The buds are also brown there it’s a reddish brown color and pointed. Okay so the bark of sugar maple…it often peals off to the side like this. You
can see the platy bark that’s coming off peeling just like that on a lot of these
especially the faster they’re growing, the more
likely they are to have the peeling type bark. It is a brownish gray. Here in the
Adirondacks you’ll see a lot of lichen on the bark that’s not always the case and it’s a very strong, tight bark as well on the
tree. You can see the circular formations
in the bark that would be caused by a drill of course, so when you drill in, you’re removing part the bark that’ll always stay there like that as a as a circular formation.
You can see the tree has healed over. Here’s another one
there another one here. If you if you look you can see as a tree grows that circular hole eventually – half of
the circle’s here half of the circle is there because the tree
is is growing out and it and it pushed it that way and that way and you gotta
be able to find those old tap holes here, here and avoid those when you’re
tapping. You don’t want to tap within the the stained columns up and down of these
old tap holes. So that’s why we put the the spout over
here this year is because there were no old tap holes or any
problems inside the tree on this side. So finding
the right spot is is is very important to make sure you
get white sap wood and the best yield the sap you can get out of the tree.

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