Latin name: Acer
Number of species: about 150 maple species
circulation area: North, West, Central and Southeast Europe to Asia Minor, North America
fruit: Winged fruit 5-10cm wide with horizontal wings
height: 25-30 m
Older: up to 500 years
Properties of the bark: gray, smooth, with a flat pattern
Properties of the wood: hard, solid, suitable as lumber
Locations of the tree: River valleys, park tree
leafLeaves 10-15 cm long, typical maple shape with five pointed, jagged leaves; Top light green, underside slightly paler
Interesting about the maple tree
The plant genus of the maples (Acer) includes the three most common species sycamore, Feldahorn and Norway maple, The popular in Europe Allenbaum is excellent because of its good stability as furniture wood. In North America, the sugar maple is used to extract maple syrup. For this, a small swathe is cut into the bark of the tree to catch the leaking juice with hoses. Per week, you get as much per maple tree as about 25 liters.
The characteristic shape of the maple leaf and the winged maple fruits ensure a high recognition value, which is why maple trees are one of the most well-known trees in Germany in particular. In Europe, they are virtually everywhere except the northern parts of Scandinavia. In addition, you can find maples in Asia Minor and as already mentioned in North America.
For Canada, the maple tree even represents a national symbol. On the national flag, a red maple leaf is depicted, which symbolizes and represents the sprawling nature of North America.