NATIVE RANGE: Canada down through Tennessee
DESCRIPTION: Medium sized deciduous tree with distinct five lobed palmate leaves that turn bright yellow and red in fall, winged samaras.
JEWELRY: Miniature and smooth versions of its distinctive leaves.
SUGAR SHACKS: Harvesting maple sap begins around March, when warm days and cool nights trigger the sap to flow. Every gallon of sap that is collected makes only 1 gallon of syrup. Boiling the sap down to its syrupy sweet form can take all day, at least 12 hours. The sugar shack where this production takes places is often coated in a film of sticky sweetness as the water evaporating from the sap leaves sugary traces on everything it touches.