A real Maple leaf was picked from the tree and 24k gold plated. This is carefully done to preserve all of the detail in the leaf like its veins and edges.
Maple in British culture
Placing a branch of the Maple Tree in a house was said to ensure that bats will not enter.
Passing a young child through the branches of the tree is traditionally thought to encourage good health and a long life for the child. Maple is said to bring success and abundance.