On February 15, 1965, the modern Canadian flag with its hallmark of Maple Leaf was first raised on Parliament Hill. Today, the maple leaf is recognized as a symbol of Canada; it has also become a symbol of unity, tolerance and peace.
Maple is a plant that belongs to the family Aceraceae. There are 128 kinds of several thousand of species and maples, which can be found mainly in the northern hemisphere. Fossil evidence shows that maple exist on the planet, for at least 100 million years. Certain types of maple trees have disappeared during the Ice Age.
Maple tree has a brown bark that is smooth in young plants and rough in the old plant. The dense and fibrous root system prevents the growth of neighbouring plants.
The leaves are divided into 3 to 9 lobes. They are located opposite the branches. Leaves change color from green to shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn.
Flowers maple can be green, yellow, orange or red color. Individual male and female flowers are grouped in a cluster. Insects (like bees) are the main pollinators of flowers.
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