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A beautiful little Maple tree with large toothed leaves. It is also called the Canyon Maple. This one was growing in a narrow canyon on the West Rim Trail to Angel's Landing.
Canyon floor, West Rim Trail, Zion National Park, Utah.
This unique little Maple might be related to the Eastern Sugar Maple and arose from a population isolated by the Rocky Mountains millions of years ago. Studies have actually been done on the quality of Maple Syrup produced by this species. It does produce lots of sap and the syrup was found to be lighter and less sweet than the Eastern Sugar Maple, but still delicious.