Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Acer saccharum

Sugar maple


Tag 655
54deg 34.911N
5deg 55.825W
The tree that produces maple syrup! It is a native of North America and quite commonly grown in the British Isles. The sugar maple makes a tidy small tree. There are two attractive examples in Belfast Botanic Gardens either side of the path from the Embankment gate to the Tropical ravine.
Acer saccharum in Belfast Botanic gardens - summer and winter

Acer saccharum leaf

Sugar maples in winter and spring in Belfast Botanic gardens Sugar maple leaves

Acer saccharum flower and stigmas

 

developing winged seeds of sugar maple

Sugar maple flower with red stigmas emerging from the bud Young developing winged seeds of sugar maple
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009 and 2010. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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