The famous sugar maple, A. saccharum, has leaves similar to that of silver maple, except that they have few teeth. The sap, which is not milky, is the source of the tasty maple sugar and maple syrup. The beautiful fine-grained wood is valuable and versatile. In our climate, sugar maples need summer water, but we have suitable lawns. See two between Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater, in the triangular planting area bounded by paths and the Lasuen Street sidewalk (location, Oct 2018).
Name derivation: Acer – Latin for maple; saccharum – sugar.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the Acer saccharinum entry of the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Family name updated from Aceraceae to Sapindaceae, campus specimens added by Sairus Patel, Oct 2018.