National Botanic Garden of Belgium

Sugar maple

This sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) has been planted on 11th April, 1958 as a sign of the Belgian-Canadian friendship. As a young plant this tree has crossed the Atlantic Ocean on 10th April on board an aircraft of Trans Canadian AirLines, inaugurating the first regular airline between Belgium and Canada. In autumn this sugar maple forms one of the chief elements in the glorious colour effects of autumn in this part of the Garden, its leaves dying off into various shades of orange, gold and scarlet.

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