West Virginia State Tree

West Virginia State Tree

Sugar Maple 

Aceraceae Acer saccharum sugar maple tree
Opposite, simple and palmately veined, 3 to 6 inches long, 5 lobed with
entire margin; green above, paler below.


Yellow to green, small, clustered, hanging from a long (1 to 3 inch)
stem, appearing with the leaves.


Two-winged horseshoe-shaped samaras about 1 inch long, appear in
clusters, brown when mature in Autumn.


Brown, slender and shiny with lighter lenticels, terminal buds brown
and very sharp-pointed.


Variable, but generally grayish brown, on older trees may be furrowed,
with long, thick irregular curling outward ridges.


Medium to tall tree (to 100 feet) with a very dense elliptical crown.

Copyright 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information