sugar maple

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to sugar maple: Maple trees

sugar maple:

see maplemaple,
common name for the genus Acer of the Aceraceae, a family of deciduous trees and shrubs of the Northern Hemisphere, found mainly in temperate regions and on tropical mountain slopes. Acer, the principal genus, includes the many maples and the box elder.
..... Click the link for more information.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sugar Maple


(Acer saccharum), a tree of the family Acera-ceae that reaches a height of 40 m. The leaves are three- to five-lobed. The sap, which is obtained by tapping, is a source of sugar. The silver maple (A. saccharinum) is also a source of sugar. Both species are native to North America and are cultivated as ornamentals.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

sugar maple

[′shu̇g·ər ′mā·pəl]
Acer saccharum. A commercially important species of maple tree recognized by its gray furrowed bark, sharp-pointed scaly winter buds, and symmetrical oval outline of the crown.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sugar maple

a North American maple tree, Acer saccharum, that is grown as a source of sugar, which is extracted from the sap, and for its hard wood
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
In the present study, we revisited a sugar maple population studied earlier in connection with a 1984 masting event (Taylor and Aarssen, 1989).
Like sugar maples, both walnut and sycamore trees rely on nighttime temperatures below freezing and daytime temperatures above freezing for sap to flow.
Syrup can be made from the sap of different trees, but sugar maples are the perfect choice.
Earthworms have started to change plant composition in sugar maple forests, according to the researchers.
Earlier, I counted 80 distinct spider webs on the lower six feet of a sugar maple wolf tree.
Large and small operators are found throughout the northern forests of the Northeast, wherever the sugar maple thrives.
Data included stumpage prices for sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis Britt.), white ash (Fraxinus americana L.), red oak (mostly northern red oak [Quercus rubra L.]), eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.), spruce-fir (mostly red spruce [Picea rubens Sarg.] with some balsam fir [Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.] and small amounts of black spruce [P.
Sugar maples grow throughout the northeast, the Great Lakes area, and the southern Appalachians.
Researchers say that by the end of this century the southern reaches of sugar maple habitat, like Pennsylvania, may no longer be able to sustain production.
The only trees that can produce maple syrup are maple trees, primarily the sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), which is native to the northeast region of North America (85 percent comes from Canada.) The bark is tapped in late winter to early spring, when the temperature is freezing at night and warm during the day, in order to collect a watery, colorless sap at the rate of about one liter per tree per season.
Once the students have learned characteristics useful for identification, they are given two leaf samples, a sugar maple and an "unknown." They are asked to choose characteristics and collect quantitative data in order to determine whether the unknown is a sugar maple.