This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Writing to the Arizona Journal, Mr. J. G. Lemmon says: - " But one botanical explorer has before reported maple trees from within the limits of Arizona; yet a fine grove of sugar maple, which may be distinct, is found in the deer park included by the higher peaks of the Catalinas. Also, on the sunny slopes is seen a new and beautiful cypress, detected also by Mr. Green on the White Mountains, northward, I believe. A sugar maple is reported by the miners on the north slope of Des Cabazes, in the Chiricahua mountains, which is perhaps the same as this of the Catalina. The writer has arranged to have leaves and fruit forwarded to him soon, for determination and may then report. The maple trees in the Catalinas are some of them one and a half feet in diameter, and forty to fifty feet high; of dark, smooth bark, and long, slender limbs. The leaves and flowers were just expanding when we first came upon the trees, amidst the melting snow banks, on April 30th; but the trees had been tapped by two adventurous pioneers there, and we had a canteen of excellent sap and a fine article of syrup given us.
This maple strongly resembles Acer grandidentatum found in Oregon, but if it proves to be that species it has made a wonderful skip over the States of California and Nevada, where it is unknown."