Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple

Size: tree, 60-75' average height at maturity

Buds: sharp-pointed with 10-12 imbricate scales of contrasting colors, each scale dark brown on top, lighter below

Leaves: deciduous, opposite, 3-6" long and wide, simple, 3-5 lobes with acuminate tips, a few large rounded teeth on each lobe, medium to dark green on top, lighter and duller green underside (not shiny like A. platanoides), often rich yellows, golds, oranges, and reds in fall

Twigs: glabrous, conspicuous lenticels

Flowers: monoecious, lack petals, greenish yellow in hanging clusters, not very conspicuous

Fruit: double samara, appear in fall

Bark: dark gray or blackish, in long plates with edges that stand away from trunk