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  • The average maple tree will produce between 9.2 and 13 gallons of sap per season, which is roughly equal to 7 percent of its total sap.

  • Sugar maple trees can live to be 400 years old; after about 140 to 150 years, they stop growing in height (110 feet maximum) and grow more slowly in diameter.

  • A tree should be 10 to 12 inches in diameter (40-50 years old) when measured 4.5 feet above ground level before it is tapped for sap.

  • Maple syrup can be made from the sap of red, black or bigleaf maples as well as sugar maple trees.

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