Silver Maple 52

Scientific Name

Acer saccharinum
Sapindaceae

Characteristics

Silver maple is a tall, fast-growing, native tree of eastern North America with mature heights of over 70 feet and 50 feet wide. Young bark is smooth and gray and develops long wide strips that turn upward at the ends as tree age. In late fall it produces beautiful yellow foliage. It is usually found growing aggressively in open sunlight along creeks and waterways. 

About the Species

This species has become over planted throughout North America and without proper and frequent pruning high winds and ice can cause limbs to break due to the weak wood structure. It also has a vigorous root system and is prone to invading sewer pipes.