• A maple tree is usually at least 45 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped.

  • As a tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added: up to a maximum of three taps, usually two.

  • Tapping does no permanent damage to the tree and only about 10% of the sap is collected each year.

  • Each tap yields an average of 10 gallons of sap per season: that yields about one quart of syrup.

  • Warm sunny days (above 40 degrees F) and frosty nights are ideal for sap flow.

  • The Maple season may last 4 to 6 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for 10 to 20 days.

  • Sap flowing in high volumes is called a "run."



  • The harvest season ends with the arrival of warm spring nights and early bud development in the trees.

  • 30-50 gallons of sap are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup.

  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce Maple cream, sugar and candy.

  • It takes one gallon of syrup to produce eight pounds of candy or sugar.

  • A gallon of pure Maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.

  • The sugar content of sap averages 2.5%, of syrup 66.5%

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