|Embarassingly out of focus shot of the ESS group|
carving their own sumac/elderberry spiles
|Spiles: (L to R) elderberry, sumac, late 1800s model, 1950s model|
- Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
- Boxelder (Acer negundo)
- Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
- Red maple (Acer rubrum)
- White ash (Fraxinus americana)
- Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
- Apple (Malus domesticus)
- Black cherry (Prunus serotina)
- Big-toothed aspen (Populus grandidentata)
- Black locust** (Robinia pseudo-acacia)
- Smoke tree** (Cotinus sp.)
- Black walnut (nigra)
- Paper birch (Betula papyrifera) Zac thinks it's a gray birch, but we'll see.
** These species are potentially toxic and shouldn't be ingested. I'd suggest doing background research before attempting to drink sap from species other than maples and birches, particularly since not all people are created equal and some, for example, react to sumac while others don't.
For more on the process and our experiment, visit the Wild Burlington Blog.