Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to 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 the sap from which maple syrup is made! It is a native of Eastern Canada and Eastern North America and quite commonly grown in the British Isles. The sugar maple makes a tidy small tree, but can reach 120 ft eventually. 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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