Maple Tree Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

One of the most beautiful trees in the fall is the maple tree! Learn all about where this tree grows naturally, different types of maple trees, and special features of maple trees!

Beautiful Colors

When you think of the season of autumn, what comes to mind? Probably one of the first things you consider is the fact that the leaves turn beautiful colors. One of the trees that is most famous for turning bright yellow, orange, or red is the maple tree. There are over 100 types of maple trees.

The leaves of the red maple turn from green to brilliant red in the fall.
close up of red maple tree

Natural Habitat

Almost all types of maple trees are found in Asia. Many types are also found in North America and Europe. Maple trees can thrive in most environments, but they do have roots that like to spread out and take up space. Maple trees like areas where they can drink a lot of water. It is also important for maple trees to get enough sunlight.

This maple tree will grow well with lots of space, sun and water.
fall leaves maple tree

Types of Maple trees

There are so many varieties of maple trees that it is hard to keep up with them all! But in North America some of the most common include the silver maple, black maple, and one very important one - the sugar maple! The sugar maple tree is the state tree of Vermont, and this one might be your favorite. The sap from the sugar maple is used to make syrup! Japanese maples are the smallest type of maple tree to live in North America.

Special Features

We know that maple trees are famous for their beautiful colors. But did you know that maple trees also produce flowers and fruit? The flowers can be different colors, such as yellow or red. Bees love to land on these flowers in the spring! The wood from maple trees is very sturdy and for this reason it is often used to build furniture and even musical instruments!

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