It’s July 1st, which means it’s Canada Day! Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian bloggers out there! To celebrate this joyous occasion, today’s blog post is all about the maple tree, one of Canada’s most treasured resources.
In Canada, the maple tree is best known for its leaves (the red maple leaf is Canada’s most recognized symbol) and the delicious pancake-topping maple syrup it produces. But here are some facts you may not know about the tree:
- While the maple leaf has a long history as the national symbol for Canada, it wasn’t until April 25, 1996 when the maple tree became Canada’s official tree emblem.
- The scientific name for the maple tree is acer, which means “sharp” in Latin and refers to the distinctive, sharp points on its leaves.
- There are 128 different species of maple, with 10 species native to Canada. At least one of the ten species grows naturally in every province. The majority of maple trees are native to Asia.
- The three most popular maples that are used to produce maple syrup are: the sugar maple (Acer saccharum), the black maple (A. nigrum) and the red maple (A. rubrum). These trees contain the highest sugar content in their sap.
- The hardwood from the sugar maple is often used to make bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts and butcher’s blocks.
- Maple wood is ideal for creating musical instruments such as drums, violins, cellos and double basses because it carries sound waves well.
- Maple trees produce small flowers in the late winter or early spring, typically just after the appearance of the leaves. Maple flowers can be green, yellow, orange or red. Some flowers are a source of pollen and nectar for bees!
- Charcoal from maple is one of the ingredients in Tennessee Whiskey.
- The History of the Canadian Maple Leaf (growerdirect.com)