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About Maple Trees

Maple trees are very common in the United States. They grow mostly in the North Temperate Zone. Maple trees will vary in size by species, some reaching only fifteen to twenty feet, while other can grow to seventy feet or more in height. Maples are deciduous trees, and propagate by seeds, which have wings. The seeds fall, spinning toward the ground like a helicopter.

Maple trees have inconspicuous clusters of green flowers at the end of the young shoots. The flowers stand upright, unlike other tree flowers, which generally hang down. The trees are self-pollinating, and some of the clusters of flowers are even able to pollinate themselves. The most common form of pollination comes from the wind, but flies and other insects will occasionally cause cross-pollination. Once pollinated, the flowers of maple trees turn into the small fruit of the plants. This fruit will turn into the seeds and grow wings.

All maple trees have three principal veins radiating from the base of the leaf. Many maple trees have leaves that are lobed in accordance with these veins, many having one smaller lobe on each side of the long, slender stem. The leaves vary in size by species; some reaching only an inch or so across, while others can be as large as six or more inches. The young leaves or maple trees are a bright crimson, which will fade into the deep green of mature leaves.

Maple trees have many uses. The wood of maple trees is excellent as a source of fuel, and can be made into high quality charcoal. The wood is most often used for its ornamental quality. Furniture is often made from the sturdy, fine-grained wood. Maple trees have a sap that can be made into sugar easily.

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