My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“This work is my ministry,” she says, “and I've been placed on our Earth for this reason. Helping the poor is one of the areas that gives my life great meaning.”
Photographer Jill Booth Macdonell '57

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Maple Aceraceae family


Leaves are 5-lobed, with a "U" shape in the lobe. They are pale underneath, and 2 - 10" long. These leaves turn orange to yellow in the fall.

Flowers are yellow, and hang in clusters. They bloom in May.



Fruit is a samara following the flowers, 1 1/2" x 1 1/8" long on a fairly short stalk.

Bark is brown-gray, and older bark is vertically ridged and rough.

Form/Habitat: Sugar maple is a common tree in our woods, and has a roundish shape. It is a large tree, 40 - 60' tall, and 1 - 2' in diameter.

Interesting Fact: These are the trees that are tapped for maple syrup, and the trees that line Main Street on our campus front lawn.

Winter identification: Twigs are reddish brown, glossy, and straight. There is a long pointed end bud, and pointed side buds at the end of the twig. Think "sugar - sharp."

NWI Status: FACU-



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