Arboreal Emblem: The Maple Tree
The maple leaf has been the centrepiece of the National flag of Canada since 1965.
The maple leaf bears the leaves that has become the most prominent Canadian symbol.
Although the maple leaf has been in such prominence with Canada, it wasn't until 1996 that the maple tree; of the generic variety,
became officially recognized as Canada's arboreal emblem.
Out of 150 known species of maple tree, only 13 are native to North America.
Of these, 10 grow in Canada: Sugar, Black, Silver, bigleaf, Red, Mountain, Striped, Douglas, Vine and the Manitoba.
At least one of the ten species grows naturally in every province.
With the exception of four species, native maples are large trees.
Family name: Aceracae