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Acer saccharinum

silver maple

The fastest growing of our native maples, silver maple is common along river and stream banks throughout New England. Deeply cut leaves have a wonderful silver sheen on their undersides, which is nicely visible during passing breezes.

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Height: 50-65 ft
Spread: 30-50 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Compaction Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)
Landscape Use
Attractive Fall Foliage and/or Ornamental Fruit
Bright Yellow to Bronze Fall Foliage

North American Distribution

silver maple - Acer saccharinum from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Melanie Kenney (c) Native Plant Trust
silver maple - Acer saccharinum from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Jean Baxter (c) Native Plant Trust