… to see fall color! Although we’ve passed the peak, it has been beautiful here for weeks. Much of the credit is due this plant right here: sugar maple, Acer saccharum, whose leaves can turn all shades of red, orange, and yellow, and always bright, bright!
Here we particularly notice the color when traveling up and down the sides of the plateau, because we have many more sugar maples on the slopes and in the coves than we do on top of the plateau. This tree has higher moisture requirements than the trees that thrive on top of the plateau.
Sugar maple is famous as the source of the sap used for making maple syrup, and the wood has many uses, from baseball bats to basketball floors to pool cues and countertops. We’re lucky to have any sugar maples at all in our forests, because the Domain is right on the edge of the plant’s range.