Meet the Maples!
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Meet the Maples!

How many maple species can you name that are native to North America? Most people can probably name one or two, but there are actually 13! Here’s the complete list — courtesy of the North American Maple Producers Manual produced by the Ohio State University Extension in cooperation with the North American Maple Syrup Council — in the event you really want to impress your friends with your knowledge of the mighty maple!

Common Name Scientific Name General Geographic Distribution
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada
Black Maple Acer nigrum Northeast U.S. and Southern Tip of Ontario & Quebec
Red Maple Acer rubrum Eastern U.S. and Southeast Canada
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum Eastern U.S. and Extreme Southeast Canada
Boxelder Acer negundo Eastern & Central U.S., South Central Canada, Scattered Western States
Mountain Maple Acer spicatum Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada
Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada
Bigleaf Maple Acer macrophyllum Pacific Coast of U.S. and Canada
Chalk or White-bark Maple Acer lucoderme Southeast U.S.
Canyon or Bigtooth Maple Acer grandidentatum U.S. Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain Maple Acer glabrum Western U.S.
Vine Maple Acer circinatum    Pacific Coast of U.S. and Canada
Florida Maple Acer barbatum      Southeast U.S. Coastal Plain and Piedmont

 

And while the Toronto Maple Leafs are indeed well known and native to North America, you won’t find them mentioned on this list nor are they considered the 14th maple!