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!