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Silver/Soft Maple

TREES

GENUS/SPECIES


Acer saccharinum

FAMILY


Aceraceae
(all maples, including box elder, and Chinese Dipteronia)

SYNONYMS


Information not available

DISTRIBUTION


Eastern US

  • E Oklahoma northward to Minnesota
  • Minnesota eastward to Maine
  • Maine southward to NW Florida
  • Absent from much of Atlantic Coastal Plain
  • Scattered localities in Louisiana

Comments

Silver maple grows rapidly and is found in wet areas such as floodplains. It is often used in landscaping but is brittle and often becomes hollow due to decay. The flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves, and the seeds, with their attached wings, are the largest of any of the American maples. Autumn leaves are generally yellow.