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

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

25-40', 40-60', 60-100', 100' and up


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



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Invasive, Messy

Design Styles

Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park, Street Tree


Special Uses

Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


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

  • Notes

This fast-growing, equally 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. In the Northwest, the fall color is a mixture of scarlet, orange and yellow. 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.
With fast growth, the maple becomes a weak-wooded tree, and will often break-up in wind, ice, and snow. Due to its vigorous root system, it may cause sidewalks to buckle and drain tiles to clog.