Botanical name: Acer saccharinum
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A.K.A. soft maple, river maple, white maple, water maple, silverleaf maple, creek maple
- 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