Sugar Maples: Syrup vs Timber?

Joseph Zorzin redoak at
Wed Oct 1 09:02:22 EST 1997

Greg Magruder wrote:
> I likewise have a stand of sugar maples that I am considering using to
> produce syrup.  How does tapping the trees effect their value as saw
> timber?
> Greg Magruder
> Central Kentucky

Tapping the tree is a wound which over a period of many years will
result in discoleration and decay spreading from the wound to the rest
of the tree. The wound won't kill the tree but it does degrade the wood
- at least on that face of the tree.

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