Silver Maple
Family: Aceraceae (View Members of Aceraceae)

Genus and Species: Acer saccharinum

Leaves: The leaves are 4-6" (10-15cm) long and 3-5" (7.5-13cm) wide. (View Measured Leaf) They are opposite, as are all maple leaves, and have long, pointed, doubly saw-toothed and deep lobes. They are dull green above and have a silvery-white color beneath. (View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is gray and has long, scaly ridges. (View Bark) The twigs are green and brown and hairless. If crushed, the twigs produce an unpleasant odor.

Fruit: The keys are 1.5-2.5" (4-6cm) long and have broad wings. The keys are paired and widely forked.

Tree: The tree reaches 50-80' (15-24m) in height and usually has a shorter branch. The trunk generally has a few forks, allowing the base to turn into many branches which spreads the tree's diameter. The branches are long and usually curve as if drooping, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: Found from Ontario south to Florida, west to Oklahoma, and north to Minnesota. Usually found in wet or moist areas.

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Silver Maple Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 10/9/02)