Trees and Shrubs forum: Sugar Maple - Leaking?

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Mar 20, 2017 4:23 PM CST
I moved into my house about five years ago in WI, and it has a beautiful sugar maple in the back yard. Over the years it seems to have branches die off more and more. I'm concerned about the health of it. The past two springs when it warms up, the maple begins to run and drip water from most of the branches. The squirrels can be seen drinking/licking it. Is this normal? I don't see any sores, or splits. It just seems to run/drip down the tree. It seems to produce the little twirly seeds every other year or so, and the leaves look healthy. But the top/middle section has a lot of dead straight up and down branches. Smaller lower branches have in the past died as well, but most are healthy. Do they all need to be trimmed? What if they're not? It's too high up for me to get at the larger center "dead" vertical branches.

Any help or explanations would be appreciated. They have been cutting down trees left and right all over town the past two years, but I don't believe any have been maples. I'm not sure if there is some sort of tree plague that might have gotten to it? I would absolutely be devastated if my one and only huge tree was dying :(
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 25, 2017 6:16 PM CST
It is a sugar maple, it is dripping maple sugar.

It has symptoms that affect many older maple trees, it is slowly dying.

Contact a tree specialist.

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