Silver maple

Acer saccharinum | Also known as: Soft maple, Sugar maple, White maple Acer dasycarpum, Acer eriocarpum | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Sugar maple: this is where we get maple syrup from. If only they'd invent a waffle tree then we'd be sorted.

Acer saccharinum, Water maple or Silver maple is one of America's most common trees. It grows fast and reaches a height of around 25m. It is known as water maple as it is often found next to rivers as it loves moist conditions. This species of maple needs lots of sunlight. It has small flowers and winged fruit, grey bark that becomes looser with age. The buds of this tree are one of the main sources of food for squirrels. These trees often have natural hollows that are made into homes by squirrels and woodpeckers. Native Americans used the sap of this tree as a medicine and for the production of sugar.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 15
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Tall
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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