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    They look like red maples to me. Generally a lower sugar content and not as much sap as sugar maples but still produce.
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    Bark pictures look like red maple. Look up at the buds. If you can see the big red buds, they are definitely red maples. When I used to tap trees around my house, I had some red maples that would easily fill a bucket on a days run, and a few other reds that would put out one cup of sap all season. After 2 seasons, stop taping the trees that don't donate. Under vacuum, they produce fine. My lease woods is 48% red maples and those woods produced 28 gallons of sap per tap in 2016. The woods at my sugar house is 15% red maple and the surprising thing is that the sugar content of the sap from both woods in very similar on a daily basis.
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    Theres also a great book for identifying trees called "BARK" It shows pictures of trees from young to old mostly all pictures goodluck
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    The picture showing a multi-trunked tree reminds me of silver maple. All the rest look like maples, as well.

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    They look good to me, I'd tap them!

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    It's all in the buds. Reds will have darker, big, obvious bulbous buds. Sugars will not...lighter in color and thin. Silvers I have no idea?

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    I think the first is a sugar maple, because there are horizontal scars from the sugar maple borer. Also, do the leaves on the ground all have rounded crotches between each finger or is there a mix of round/angled leaves? You cannot identify a single tree this way, but if all the leaves around are rounded then you've got all sugars...
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    I just realized that the trees I am planning on tapping are silver maple. has anyone used these for syrup before? Should I even bother with them? I do not have any sugar maple as I previously thought!

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    Silver Maples are almost the only type of maple I have access to. I hear the sugar content might be lower than sugar maples but I haven't seen that to be true for my trees. I think the syrup is very good, and judging from sales, others must think so too. Tap away! Ted

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbear View Post
    Silver Maples are almost the only type of maple I have access to. I hear the sugar content might be lower than sugar maples but I haven't seen that to be true for my trees. I think the syrup is very good, and judging from sales, others must think so too. Tap away! Ted
    Thanks for the advise, Ted. I was really getting worried there.... This is my first go at it. I have 10 taps to put out and if all goes well this year I can triple that next year.

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