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Download this step-by-step guide to making syrup from trees in your own backyard.

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Image of a box elder tree

Box Elder

Acer negundo
A member of the maple family, box elder is often confused with poison ivy because its compound leaves sometimes grow in threes (though also in fives). A fast-growing tree, its winged seeds betray its relationship to other maples.

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Fall Color

Autumn leaves at Mark Twain Lake.

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Fall Color

Autumn leaves at Mark Twain Lake.

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Fall Color

Autumn leaves at Mark Twain Lake.

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How to Make Maple Syrup and Sugar

For outdoor family fun in the winter, learn how to tap your sugar maple trees to make maple syrup and sugar.  This video shows you how to create a tasty homemade treat and family memories.

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Tapping supplies for maple sugaring: drill, hammer, tap and container

Maple Sugaring

Wake up and smell the pancakes! You can make maple syrup from trees in your own backyard. This page shows you how.

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red maple

Red Maple

Acer rubrum
Red maple is one of our most useful—and beautiful!—native trees, and you can find it in the woods as well as in landscape plantings statewide. Many horticultural varieties are available at nurseries.

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silver maple

Silver Maple

Acer saccharinum
Under natural conditions, silver maple is a bottomland tree while its cousin the sugar or hard maple is essentially a hill tree. Silver maples grow quickly and are often planted as a shade tree in yards and on city streets. They pay for their rapid growth by having rather brittle branches that easily break off in windy and other inclement weather.

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