Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)
Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple). This is one of the commonest trees on campus. There are several specimens around the periphery of the quadrangle area, and the wooded areas are full of them. Leaves are opposite, simple, and have 5 lobes. This is the species most commonly used to make maple syrup. Each winter quarter the OSU Lima Campus plant biology courses make this fantastic product and consume it in a pancake breakfast final examination. Actually any species of the genus Acer can be used to obtain maple sap and make syrup, but Sugar Maple sap is the most concentrated. Maple syrup was the only sweetner available to North America's early European colonists.
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