Acer saccharum, 18"+ at sale, native to VT, sourced from New York.
Surely you know our friend the sugar maple! But besides the sweets we make from its sap (not to be underestimated) the sugar maple is important for many other reasons. By some reports, sugar maple twigs, leaves and bark make up 25-50% of the diets of both white-tailed deer and porcupines! Moose, snowshoe hares, finches, chickadees, and many more forest animals love sugar maples. Sugar maple does best on deep, fertile, well-drained soil, sometimes competing with farmland for that prime soil. Wild leeks or “ramps” and other spring ephemeral flowers love a sugar maple forest.