By the time I was 15, I was already an expert at this.
I had my own tree, planted in my yard, and I grew up on my own farm, too.
But this maple tree was different.
It wasn’t just a small, old, single-story maple that I had planted with my father.
It was a double-story, five-story tree that was two stories tall.
I was given a new maple to play with, and the only thing I could do was eat and drink it.
The trees were beautiful, and they were a great investment, said Jeff Schoeman, the owner of the Schoemers and Schmoes maple syrup farm in North Carolina.
The Schoems are the first family to own a maple plantation, but their second is now in storage, and it’s up for grabs, too, said Schoemen, who has a collection of over 1,500 trees.
It’s a lot of trees to plant.
It’s a little bit of a pain, but you need to know where to plant them and how to do it, he said.
The maple is a hybrid, Schoemin said, which means it’s genetically modified, which allows it to withstand drought, mold and disease.
It has to be protected from wind and sun.
Schoemeans farm, which includes a greenhouse and two hives, is also a breeding center for future generations of trees.
The tree is in the Schow Collection of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, the USDA Forest Service in Bentonville, Arkansas and the University of Kentucky.
The oak and beech are not genetically modified.
But the maple tree is genetically modified to withstand the cold and wind.
That means it has an extra layer of protective insulation.
The tree also has a higher tolerance for heat and light than the oak, which makes it easier to grow and easier to harvest.
The new maple tree had been a gift from a local family named Hyrum and his wife, Ellen, who have been keeping it for the past four years.
The couple planted it in August, 2017, after a three-year battle to save the species.
The first maple to be planted, the Schoumans planted a seedling in their yard, but it died within three weeks of the first tree being planted.
The Schoums wanted to keep the maple because it was a symbol of their heritage, said Ellen Schoum.
But when they tried to transplant the first maple, it was not as easy as they hoped.
The next year, the family tried again, but they planted the tree as a gift to the Schohmans and their friends.
They wanted to give it back to the community because it’s such a special symbol.
The two maple trees, along with a variety of other varieties, are the Schobes’ gift to our country, Schobedis said.
It brings a sense of history and a sense that we’ve been here before.
We’ve always been able to take a gift and do good things.
The family is hoping that the maple will help preserve the tree, which has been protected for over 400 years.
The original maple trees in the collection were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1996.
Alyssa Riedel, a native Floridian who lives in Florida, was a little shocked when she heard that the Schogmans were planning to sell the maple to the public.
It had been her dream to have a tree planted in her backyard, she said.
But she’s excited for the opportunity to see it grow.
The new maple is the first of its kind in the state, and we’ve got this great history and culture to thank for it, she added.
Riedel is one of a handful of people who have planted trees in her yard for years.
It makes her happy to see people doing it, especially when she sees the people from her community who are also planting trees.
I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way.
I think I just made the most of the opportunity.
It was an incredible gift, said Hyrst Schobem, who was also a child when his family planted a maple.
It means so much to me.
I’m not going to take this thing for granted, he added.
It has helped us grow, Schofem said.
And I’m happy that the tree will continue to be preserved.
It will always have this special connection with us.
This story is part of the NBC News Magnolia series about the rich history of Florida and the state’s diverse history.