silver maple - Sapindaceae Acer saccharinum

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ACSA2

Taxonomy

FamilySapindaceae
GenusAcer
Speciessaccharinum
Common Namesilver maple
iTree CodeACSA2

Plant Form

FormTree: large upright, spreading crown, thick trunk
Height60 feet
Spread50 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagelobed (3-5) and coarsely toothed; top green, underside silvery grayLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barksmooth, silvery gray when young; develops thin, gray strips with age
Budterminal bud red to reddish brown, with overlapping scales (imbricate); flower buds in clustersBud Arrangement Information IconOpposite
Twigslender, red/brown in current year, smooth gray by year two; rank odor when crushed
Flowerdevelop before leaves, dense spherical brown/red small in clusters, without petals; male and female on same tree (monoecious)
Fruitpaired “helicopters” (samaras in spring), angle of pair forms a V
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin4.0SoilIntolerant
Max8bMax7.3SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateIntolerantNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
Previous FamilyAceraceae
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