Sugar maples have a dense, rounded crown and are one of the trees responsible for giving New England its reputation for spectacular fall color, as the medium green leaves turn brilliant yellow or red-orange in autumn. The familiar two-winged "helicopter" fruit is a favorite food of chipmunks, and they store it away in winter larders. This is a long-lived tree that grows relatively slowly.
Birds and other mammals eat the seeds
Provides excellent cover and nest sites for birds
One of the best shade trees
Outstanding fall color
Rich woods of Eastern North America, especially on limestone; Nova Scotia to Minnesota and eastern South Dakota to Missouri and Virginia, and in the mountains to Georgia.