The Honeybee and the Maple Tree have an interesting relationship. In the very early spring when the perfect combination of freezing nights and warm days allow, the maple tree runs sap. This process is what allowed the ancient Americans to learn to harvest maple sap to create Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar.
All of our North American maples produce a sweet sap in the spring. The Sugar Maple-Acer saccharum is the most famous. Sugar Maple has the highest sugar content and is the most efficient source for sap to make Maple Syrup. Red maples and Silver Maples are the other two large maple species that are most familiar to us and likely to produce sap for the bees.
Read the complete article here: The Honeybee and the Maple Tree — Rock Bridges Trees
Teresa T said:
This was a great article, thank you! I will be watching my maples come spring!
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Down here in the south, I’ve never seen sap (syrup) come from a maple. That said, it is well known that the maples provide some of the earliest and nutritious pollen which stimulates brood rearing.