The life span of a red maple tree is between 100 and 300 years. The average life span of a sugar maple tree is 300 years, although sugar maples can live up to 400 years. Silver maple trees typically live between 100 and 125 years.
Most of the 200 species of maple trees produce a sweet sap. However, the sugar maples are best at producing the sweet sap that is extracted for maple syrup. Sugar maples mainly grow in the Northeast region of the United States and Southeast region of Canada. In addition to maple syrup, maple trees are valued for their hardwood, which is used to make furniture. Some maple woods have a recognizable birds-eye circular pattern.