Maple family (Aceraceae)
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Updated 23 September 2023
Thinking about planting sugar maples so you can tap them for sugar? The sap of most Sugar Maples has 2 to 2.5% sugar content. ‘Supersweet’ sap has about 3 to 5% sugar and will take less time and energy to boil down to syrup. You can expect to begin tapping these trees in about 10 to 12 years – so no instant gratification here – the best time to have planted a ‘Supersweet’ Maple was 10 years ago – the next best time is now! Developed by scientists at New York’s Cornell University Uihlein Sugar Maple Field Station so they are well-adapted to our region.