Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Maples . . . ] Forest Type: Various
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Found in various forest types.
Stature: 60-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; when mature featuring a dense, rounded crown.
Leaves: 3-5 inches long; simple; with 5 (rarely 3) lobes separated by U-shaped sinuses; smooth; bright green above; paler green (but not whitish) below; turning yellow to orangish yellow in the fall.
Bark: At first smooth and gray, becoming dark gray and furrowed or platelike.
Fruit: A reddish brown "helicopter" about an inch long, falling in autumn.
Frequent Mushroom Associates:
Maples are not mycorrhizal, but many saprobes are dedicated to decomposing sugar maple wood and debris, including: Agrocybe acericola; Armillaria tabescens (especially in urban settings); Climacodon septentrionalis; Hypsizygus tessulatus; Marasmius cohaerens; Phlebia incarnata; and many more.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2007, April). Sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/acer_saccharum.html