Acer saccharinum - Silver Maple

Silver Maple

Also known as the water or swamp maple, Acer saccharinum is a large, deciduous tree, with an upright, almost columnar habit, very vigorous and fast-growing. The smooth, silvery-grey bark becomes shaggy on the trunk in older specimens. Small pinkish-yellow flowers appear densely on the bare branches in spring, followed by paired winged seeds (samaras) in early summer, larger than those of most maples. The five-lobed leaves are slightly toothed, a shiny deep green above and white and downy below; on very long leaf-stalks, they move in the slightest breeze, giving a, delicate, airy effect. In autumn they turn pale yellow, sometimes red, colouring less well than most maples. The Silver Maple copes very well with wet soils and urban pollution, but can be damaged by strong winds.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Any reasonable soil, even wet soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, summer, autumn
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 100ft (30m) Spread: 40ft (12m)

Type | Size: Bareroot | 5-6ft
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