West Virginia State Museum Education

West Virginia's State Tree

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The Sugar Maple

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The sugar maple became the official State Tree in 1949. It was selected by a vote of public school students and civic organizations. The Sugar Maple tree’s leaves turn bright orange, red or yellow in the fall. It grows to 75 feet tall and has a full round shape. The leaves have five points and the tree produces winged fruit that are commonly called helicopters. The wood is highly valuable for furniture due to its beauty. Because of the wood’s hardiness it is also used for bowling pins and baseball bats. The sweetest thing about the Sugar Maple tree is that you can make syrup from its sap. This sap is taken from the tree by tapping into the bark through a hole. It then drains out of the tree and into a bucket. The sap is boiled until the water contained within the sap evaporates. Once the boiling process is complete you have maple syrup. It takes 40 liters of sap to make one liter of syrup (The Marshall University Arboretum Project).

Helpful Links

e-West Virginia Sugar Maple Information

The Marshall University Arboretum Project Sugar Maple Information