Why does Canada’s national flag display a maple-leaf?

It’s well known that the national flag of Canada has a maple-leaf depicted on it. It’s also the symbol of the Canadian hockey players. What is so important about the maple that it became the national symbol? It’s a rock maple – one of the biggest maples among the species. It is native to North America and reaches 40 m height. This is a straight fluffy-crowned tree, however, it’s not the point it is famous for. It is glorified because in old times it was the only sugar supplier for the local tribes and later for the first European migrants. It was made out of maple juice that releases in the early spring, when there are still no leaves on it.

In XIX Canada started producing maple sugar and syrup. Today it is only tourist-oriented production.

Red maple decorates the maple forests in North America. It the red maple’s leaves that flame among the yellow and green trees in autumn time. By the way, you can also find red in the early spring, the time when the branches are still bald and only dark-red fascicles can be observed.

The green-leaf acer palmatum can also have red and purple tones. They are ridiculously divided into 5-12 parts. These small, exquisite trees may be only found in China and Japan.

In the Central Russia the first trees turn yellow are Norway maples. Later on the tree looks as bright as a button. It’s too difficult to tear yourself away from it golden-yellow, green, red, scarlet cover. The bright, large crown can be seen miles away. The Norway maple and sycamore maple make our forests bright and colorful over the autumn period.

The ash-leaved maple the most common tree decorating the streets in Northern Europe as well as Central Asia and Kazakhstan. This beautiful tree managed to adapt to different climate, its can stand drought and smoky cities.

The ash-leaved maple grows quickly and dies in 60 years.

Different species are also found in the Far East and in China. These are as follows: Manchurian maple, Acer tegmentosum. Acer mono, Acer pentaphyllum. You will never see maples growing in South America, Australia, Central and South Africa.

Every ripe maple fruit goes with ala. When it falls down it serves as a rotor smoothly propelling the fruit down. The wind can spread the seeds far off.

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