Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Between 1939 and 1960, it was fashionable to designate official state trees. Legislators in several states, including West Virginia, selected the graceful and sturdy sugar maple (Acer saccharum) to represent their states.
Sugar maple has many uses. It is deservedly popular as a shade tree with brilliant fall color, usually orange. The strong and resilient wood is excellent for furniture, flooring, fuel, and specialty uses from fiddle backs to croquet mallets to bowling alleys. The sap may be collected in late winter and boiled down to yield maple syrup and maple sugar.
The Arboretum has many sugar maples, along with many specimens of its very close relative, black maple (Acer nigrumm). The two trees are virtually indistinguishable except for foliage details. The black maple leaf has three lobes, while the sugar maple has five. Their wood and sap are equally useful.
Erected 1994 by West Virginia University Biology Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 39° 38.658′ N, 79° 58.636′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from Monongahela Boulevard (U.S. 19) 0.2 miles south of Evansdale Drive, on the right when traveling south. To access the marker, use the small visitor’s parking lot at the entrance to the Core Arboretum that can only be reached from the southbound lane. The marker is on the Taylor Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn Redwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Island Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guthrie Loop Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Core Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Core Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Virginia University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.