Dave Rogotzke Green Visions: Avoid Pine Syrup; Try Birch By Lisa Johnson • Mar 9, 2016 Rogotzke's Simple Gifts Silver maple makes great syrup. So does white and yellow birch. Pines? Not so much. Who'd a thunk it? The ins and outs of maple syrup - and maple sugar candy - from Dave Rogotzke, who tapped the first trees of the season just yesterday.