Aptly named "The Meaning of Trees" by Fred Hagender, I've paraphrased some interesting points for you mythological botanistical enjoyment.
- In Europe, spring Maple leaves were delicacies added to salads
- The Salteaux Tribe tells a tale of how the blaze-colored autumn Maple leaves saved Nanahboozhoo's (the Creator) grandmother from evil spirits of the darkness. He was so grateful that he showed the tribe how to collect maple sap without harming the tree.
- According to Roman grammarian Servius, the Trojan horse had been made of maple so it was thought that the Maple tree was bad luck.