Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)


The five-pointed leaf of maple is familiar from the Canadian national flag.  All maples produce helicopter-like paired fruits to assist with dispersal from the parent plant.  Maple wood is prized for furniture-making, and sap of trees is used in making syrup.  The seeds are a good source of food for squirrels. 

To learn more about Sugar maple, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database