Edible Saps

So we all know about maple syrup but what other kinds of trees produce syrup?

Maples: (Genus: Acer)

  • Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)
  • Black Maple (Acer Nigrum)
  • Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)
  • Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum)
  • Norway Maple (Acer Platanoides)
  • Boxelder (Acer Negundo)
  • Bigleaf Maple (Acer Macrophyllum)
  • Big Tooth Maple (Acer Grandidentatum)
  • Rocky Mountain Maple or Douglas Maple (Acer Glabrum)
  • Painted Maple (Acer Pictum)

Birches: (Genus: Betula)

  • Paper Birch (Betula Papyrifera)
  • Yellow Birch (Betula Alleghaniensis)
  • Black Birch (Betula Lenta)
  • River Birch (Betula Nigra)
  • Gray Birch (Betula Populifolia)
  • European White Birch (Betula Pendula)

Walnuts: (Genus: Juglans)

  • Butternut or White Walnut (Juglans Cinerea)
  • Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra)
  • Heartnut (Juglans Ailantifolia)
  • English Walnut (Juglans Regia)

Possibly: (It seems possible but there is little data regarding the exact type of tree, nor is it commonly done)

  • American Sycamore (Platanus Occidentalis)
  • American Hophornbeam (Ostrya Virginiana)
  • American Basswood (Tilia Americana)
  • Elm Trees (Genus: Ulmus)

This is by no means a definitive list, as there could be more syrup producing trees, that remain undocumented.  This is merely a list of some of the more common trees tapped.


  1. https://wildfoodism.com/2014/02/04/22-trees-that-can-be-tapped-for-sap-and-syrup/
  2. https://www.diynatural.com/make-maple-syrup/
  3. https://practicalselfreliance.com/trees-species-tap-syrup/


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