- Maple trees produce sap that is used in making maple syrup.red maple tree image by Giovanni Aquaro from Fotolia.com
A variety of maple tree species can be found in the state of Michigan. All maple trees produce sap, which is the source of maple syrup. Maple is frequently used in floors, wood trim and furniture because of the attractive appearance of the wood. No other type of wood can imitate the finish of maple.
- The black maple grows in moist soils and looks very similar to the sugar maple. It may be found as far south as Tennessee and as far north as Ontario. It is valuable for its wood and sap.
- The Norway maple was brought to the United States from Europe in 1756. It can grow in many different types of soil and does best when it receives lots of sunlight. The Norway maple favors dry conditions.
- The red maple tree usually shows fall color before other types of maple trees. It can grow in a wide variety of different soil types and does well in either sunlight or partial shade. This tree tolerates air pollution well.
- The silver maple will grow in all types of soil, including soil of poor quality. It has a very rapid growth rate and does well with partial shade or lots of sun
- The striped maple is slow-growing and usually does not exceed 45 feet in height. The bark is green with white stripes. The leaves are pale green and turn pale yellow in the fall.
- The sugar maple is the tree most associated with maple syrup. Although the sap from all maple trees can be used for maple syrup, the sugar maple produces the most popular variety. It may grow to a height of 100 feet. Sugar maples are common in the forests of the northeastern United States and Canada. They require partial shade or full sun and well-drained soil.