Sugar maple is a species of maple native to the hardwood forests of Minnesota. It is best known for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup. This tree normally reaches heights of 80-115 ft. When healthy, the sugar maple can live for over 400 years. The leaves are pale green below and have 5 lobes with smooth or wavy pointed edges.
Spotted along the Old Indian Hiking Trail at Tamarac NWR. Sugar maple is native to areas with cooler climates. It is the most shade tolerant of large deciduous trees. They can grow well in any type of soil except sand.