Botanical Name: Acer saccharinum
Common Name: Silver Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer saccharinum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color

Green, Orange, Red, Yellow


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, Silver


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Invasive, Messy

Design Styles

Meadow, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Street Tree


Special Uses

Shade Tree, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Jacobs, Connon N.
  • Description

  • Notes

This fast-growing, equal spreading tree can reach heights of 40'-100'. Leaves of 3"-6" in width are five-lobed, with a light green top color and silvery color beneath. With an aggressive root system, this tree can be hard on sidewalks and sewers. It is, however, one of the best trees for poor soils where few other trees will grow.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.