Silver Maple*

Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

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The silver maple is a North American native and best known for providing us with maple syrup. The leaves have the classic maple leaf shape and become brilliant yellow and red-orange in the fall. Its leaves are deeply lobed with silvery undersides, and its bark becomes shaggy and gray with age. It can attain a height of more than 100 feet when mature. Plant this tree in sunny locations to create shade, but be aware of brittle limbs and abundant litter production.

Illinois native species.

Acer saccharinumAcer saccharinum


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years