Wednesday 15 April 2015

A to Z Challenge: M is for Maple Tree

This month, I’m taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, the annual event where hundreds of bloggers write 26 blogs—one for each letter of the alphabet—and post them each day of April, except Sundays. This year, I’m blogging about: THINGS THAT GROW IN ALBERTA. Don’t forget to check back daily and leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr or via email at I’ll randomly pick a few winners who will WIN a SIGNED copy of one of the Chase “Superman Duffy” comics.

Oh, Canada! There are few things more Canadian to me than the Maple tree—its leaf is the center attraction for our  Canadian flag.

Maybe I’m naïve, but until I started writing this blog post, I actually thought Maple trees only grew in Canada—and that there was only one kind. Boy, was I ever wrong.

As it turns out, there are actually about 128 different species of Maple trees, most of which are native to Asia. That’s a LONG way from Canada!

Most Maple trees are tall (but a few varieties are shrubs, which I totally can’t picture) Except for a few Asian varieties, all are deciduous—which means they lose their leaves in the fall, unlike the evergreen.

Maple trees are distinguished by their leaves, which have pointed tips, and look like they have veins running through them. (I knew that much at least!)

Have you entered to WIN one of the Chase “Superman” Duffy books, yet? Today’s your lucky chance. Comment below or on one of my social media links listed above and if I choose your name, you’ll get your pick from these nine books.

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow when I look at a spooky letter N.

— Chase Superman Duffy

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