I have attached pictures of a maple tree. I am curious to know what type of maple it is.leaves of tree bark of tree

Second question...can this type be tapped for syrup?

  • Hi aclpilot, Is this maple tree growing inside the trunk of another kind of tree? there will probably be a struggle between these in the forthcoming years...
    – J. Chomel
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 6:28
  • No, the large tree is a maple as well.
    – acpilot
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 12:08
  • Please take a picture of the entire tree and include pictures of the leaves in the canopy. I think J. chomel was worried the leaves in this picture are different than your whole tree. A few more pictures will help to get a more viable solution. Thanks!
    – stormy
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 1:37

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I do believe this tree can be tapped for syrup. Acer rubrum. Red Maple

Let's wait until others have had a chance to concur or negate.


I think it is a black or sugar maple. I think syrup depends more on the temperatures , not the type of maple. I made syrup 2 years from silver maples in the Chicago area. I made a couple quarts from 2 trees. It is a 16:1 ratio from the juice ( NOT sap). On a bright sunny day after a below freezing night the juice flowed heavily . A cloudy day following a night in the 40's produced no juice. In March , the juice stops . I was actually starting to worry how to stop juice flow before it weakened the trees .

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