Sapindaceae, Soapberry Family
- Location: Southwest corner of observatory
- Height: 22.4m
- Circumference: 2.28m
- Recognition Features: Simple, palmate leaves, u-shaped sinus. Bark deeply furrowed, vertical curls with peach hue underneath
- Historical Life Notes: Sugar maple has the most awe-inspiring display of autumn foliage. It surpasses all other trees displaying a variety of colors in the autumn. Sugar maple is the primary source of sap for maple syrup (Burns and Honkala 1990).
This tree reduces atmospheric carbon by 1,376 lbs per year! It also conserves 333 kilowatt/hours of energy by cooling its surroundings.