The silver maple tree (Acer saccharinum) is native to the eastern U.S. and Canada and is one of the most common trees in the United States. Silver maples are often found along waterways and in wetlands, thus their common name of “water maples.” Silver maples require more sunlight than most species of maple trees. In fall, their leaves are more on the yellow side and in some cases, a pale red, compared to the similarly named Acer saccharum or sugar maple tree.
- Alternate Common Name: Creek maple; river maple; silver leaf maple; soft water maple; white maple
- Average Height: The silver maple tree is fast growing, typically reaching 50-80 ft. in height.
- Average Width: Average mature width of a silver leaf maple tree is about 30-50 ft.
- Leaf Description: Palmate leaves with deep angled notches between the five lobes. When sunlight reflects on the leaves, they can appear silver.
- Bark Description: The silver maple tre's bark is gray and shaggy when mature.
- Twig Description: Glabrous with a little bit of an unpleasant odor when crushed.
- Flowering: Small panicles, produced before leaves bloom in very early spring.
- Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
- Comments: The silver maple tree (or silver leaf maple tree) is highly adaptable and is fast growing. The silver maple is one of the most common trees in the United States.