This beautiful tree, a maple, is unmistakably identified by the unique shape of the leaves, the likes of which are not found in any other plants. In autumn, maple alleys become a real decoration of any city, and yellow acer leaves have become the most recognizable symbol of the onset of autumn. Surely many of your friends have at least one photo with an armful of yellow and red leaves of this tree 🙂
Amazing facts about maple tree
- This species includes not only trees but also shrubs. However, quite high ones, up to 32-33 feet high (10 meters).
- Coins made of maple wood were introduced in 2005 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Japanese maple is included into in the IUCN Red List book because of its rarity.
- In total, there are 150 species of these trees and shrubs in the world.
- Most maple species shed their leaves for the winter, but some species found in Asia and around the Mediterranean sea are evergreen plants.
- The North American natives of the Iroquois tribe had a feast dedicated to maple.
- Almost all known types of maples are used for decorative purposes.
- These trees do not grow in the world’s largest forest, the Siberian taiga.
- In Japan, there is a kind of snack, which is prepared of maple leaves soaked in the salt for a year, which are then fried in a sweet dough.
- The maple leaf image on the canadian flag is inauthentic, because it has only 11 vertices. In fact, maple leaves have much more of them.
- A sweet syrup and sugar can be manufactured of the juise of some tupes of maple trees.
- Beekeepers often plant maples near their possessions, as these trees are excellent honey plants, and bees like them a lot.
- The height of the old maple can reach 40 meters.
- A maple wood enjoys the highest popularity among wood carvers.
- Maple is one of the fastest growing trees. During the year, it can grow by 4-6 feet (1,5-2 meters).
- Almost all maple species grow in the Northern hemisphere only. Only one species out of 150 grows in the South one.