Acer saccharinumAcer saccharinum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Acer saccharinum
  • PRONUNCIATION: A-ser sak-kar-I-num
  • COMMON NAME: Silver Maple
  • FAMILY: Aceraceae
  • NATIVITY: Southeast Canada to southern U.S.; not common in southeastern PA.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Upright oval, 50'-70' (100') tall. Fast growth rate.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 3-9
  • CULTURE: Very adaptable. Grows well in wet or poor soils.
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative wetland
  • LANDSCAPE USE: A poor overused selection. Vigorous, aggressive root system; seeds can be a problem. Fast-growing, brittle wood breaks with age; prune to discourage narrow crotches.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite, simple, 3"-6" across, 5 lobes, acuminate lobes deeply and doubly serrate. Medium-green above, silvery beneath. Flower is yellowish to red.
  • BUDS: Clustered, red to green.
  • BARK: Gray-brown. Young stems have a fetid odor when crushed.
  • FRUIT: Samara 2" long, maturing in the spring.
  • PROPAGATION: East from seed.
  • PESTS: Numerous.
    • `Laciniatum' - Finely and deeply cut leaves.
    • `Silver Queen' - Fruitless. Leaves bright-green above, silver beneath



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