We have two maples on our property. One is a black maple and the other species we have not identified, however it has yellow leaves in the fall, but not vibrant yellow like you would see on the sugar maple.
I have read a little bit about the black maple and I guess it is in the family of Norway maples. It has purple, almost black leaves. I have read that it could be a "Crimson King". I don't know if it matters all that much, I have read that you can get sap from any maple in order to make maple syrup or maple sugar.
I had mentioned a bit about wanting to tap our trees in a previous post, so I won't get into all of that again. In this post, I just wanted to share the pictures I took yesterday evening when we did the actual tapping.
|Measuring the diameter of the tree trunk|
|Drilling the tap hole using a 5/16" drill bit|
|Fitting the spile into the hole|
|Gently tapping in the spile|
|Stile in tree|
|Let the sap RUN!|
|Assembling the bag system|
|Smokey is c-c-c-old!|
|Drilling the other maple in the backyard|
|Hanging the bag onto the spile|
|This tree is large enough to take a least two taps/bags|
|oh so FLUFFY!|
|Black Maple in the front of the house|
|Unidentified maple on the side of the garage in the backyard|
|Close-up ~ We hung the bags facing south|
|The backyard upper garden|