Botanical Name: Acer saccharinum
Common Name: Silver Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer saccharinum
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Invasive, Messy

Design Styles

Meadow, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn


Special Uses

Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


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

  • Notes

This fast growing tree tolerates tough conditions under which other species might fail. It should be used where there is plenty of space, as it is fast-growing, reaching heights of 40 to 55 feet (or more) with nearly an equal spread. Leaves are five-lobed, light green atop and silvery beneath. The fall color is 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. Spring flowers are followed by sumara that ripen and fall in the spring.
Grow in nearly any soil under nearly any condition. This is a fast growing tree and needs to be given ample room to grow. There are cultivars of silver maple selected for fall color, size, form, and heat and drought tolerance.