Silver Maple
Acer saccharinum
Family: Aceraceae

Habitat:

Swamps

Location relative to water:

Rooted onshore

Range:

Maine to Alabama and Mississippi in south, Kansas and Nebraska in west

Bark:

  • Grayish
  • Flaking revealing brown spots
  • Sap somewhat sweet

Twigs:

  • Reddish
  • Can give off unpleasant odor when broken

Leaves:

  • Five-lobes deeply toothed
  • U-shaped sinuses
  • 5-25 cm long (2-10 inches)
  • Whitened on bottom
  • Sometimes hairy

Flowers:

  • Red, rarely yellow
  • Grow in short, umbrella-like clusters along twigs

Fruit:

  • Large keys; 3.8-7.6 cm long (1.5-3.0 inches)
  • Wings widely spread
  • Greenish or reddish
 
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