It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Name that Leaf

Do you know what kind of leaf this is?

If you said “Maple”, you are correct, of course, but you may be surprised to know that not what they’re called around here. For any child under the age of five and north of the 49th parallel, this is, ever and always, a


October 4, 2005 - Posted by | Ottawa, the things they say!


  1. Genuine Maple, or Manitoba Maple? How do you tell the difference? (Some Canadian I am that I can’t distinguish a true Canada Leaf from a fake one!)

    Comment by Haley | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  2. And a fine specimen of a Canada Leaf it is, too. I feel all patriotic just looking at it.

    Comment by Q | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  3. “Do you know what kind of leaf this is?”
    I guess that’s what I get for growing up south of the 49th.

    Comment by Jeff | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  4. Haley: “Genuine” as in sugar maple? Nooo idea. I think Manitoba maples are less defined, more triangular in shape, and generally smaller. Norway maples are purple-y. And that’s my entire store of Maple knowledge.

    Q: You almost always make me laugh out loud, you know that? On the blog, anyway. In person, my response is more…diverse! xoxo

    Jeff: Dead! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! It is indeed a dead leaf… But Delaware isn’t that far south – I bet you’ve seen a few. No?

    Comment by Mary P. | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  5. We have a job interview in London, Ontario next week. I’d better teach my kid the proper name for a maple leaf.

    Comment by SO not Martha | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  6. So Not Martha: Oh, London is a beautiful little city! I lived there for a year when I was in teacher’s college, many moons ago, but I’ll bet the river and the university campus are still just as lovely.

    Comment by Mary P. | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  7. It’s looking more and more as though we should emigrate. I have family in Toronto, very old family friends in Cheltenham, Ontario (so cute when we were living in Cheltenham, England!) and of course silentmum and precious god-daughter in Alberta. And I think I even have a couple of distant cousins in Quebec.

    And I do know to stay off the maple candy – talk about a sugar rush! That stuff should come with a warning! 🙂


    Comment by craziequeen | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  8. CQ: It’s a gorgeous country – but the winters are COLD, cold like you just don’t get over there! Day after day after day… However, it’s not nearly as damp, which does make it more bearable. It’s also very big. If you lived in Toronto, you’d be in the same country as silentmum, yes, but you’ll still probably choose to fly to visit!

    I agree with you about the candy: much too sweet! My teeth itch just thinking about it. I do love maple syrup poured over melted butter, though, on the rare occasions I bother making pancakes. Yum…

    Comment by Mary P. | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  9. We have just had news of the first snowfall in Calgary – silentmum was outraged! 🙂

    Luckily it seems to have passed now 🙂

    And the UK have just had a Severe Winter Warning from the Met Office – snow and lots of it.


    Comment by craziequeen | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  10. My (almost 5 year old) daughter was just talking about Canada today (we live in Detroit), so it is funny that I should stumble on your blog. I told her all about the “canada Leaf”.
    Great blog!

    Comment by | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  11. Meantime, we in Ontario have been having astonishingly warm weather. Twenty-seven degrees this afternoon, absolutely unheard of!

    Do I recall that last winter you were getting temperatures that consituted typical Canadian winter temps, come to that – thirty below (C)? Or is that my imagination?

    Comment by Mary P. | October 4, 2005 | Reply

  12. Jolie: You must have posted your comment while I was responding to craziequeen. Welcome! A new name in the comment box – how exciting! Glad you found something to share with your daughter, too.

    Comment by Mary P. | October 4, 2005 | Reply

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