Silver Maple Tree

Botanical name:  Acer saccharinum
Family: Aceraceae

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Silver Maple

A.K.A. soft maple, river maple, white maple, water maple, silverleaf maple, creek maple

  • Native
  • Deciduous
  • Rapid growth rate
  • Reaching 65′ – 85′ in height
  • Crown has 40′- 55′ spread
  • Bark is grey and peels
  • Leaf has 5 lobes
  • Opposite bud arrangement on branches
  • Flowers appear in the early spring before the leaves in drooping racemes.
  • Seeds are large two winged samaras and are eaten by numerous animals.
  • Commonly found in wetlands, near rivers and waterways.
  • Sap is edible and can be used to make syrup although it is not a common practice and is not used in commercial syrup production.
  • It does have some commercial wood value and is used for making a large variety of wood working projects that include (to name a few) : musical instruments, cabinetry, furniture and flooring.
  • Not a tree we recommend in landscapes due to the high pruning maintenance caused by storm damage and the tendency for the branches and trucks to hollow out becoming a safety issue. Fine for large open spaces.
  • Full sun
  • Zones 3-9