The sugar maple is a deciduous tree native to the eastern part of North America. It can grow to 115 feet tall and live up to 300 years. The leaves are 5 inches long and just as wide. The flowers are in groups of five to ten and are yellow-green, but have no petals. The fruit of the tree is a double samara with two seeds, which must be exposed to three months of temperatures under 65 degrees to break the coating for germination. The sap is the primary source of maple syrup, and the wood is prized for its strong furniture, table tops, cabinets, flooring, and fine veneer.