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Cultural Details for Acer saccharinum

Common Name:
Silver Maple, Soft, White, Water Maple

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, greenish-yellow to red with no petals, borne in dense clusters, appear in early to mid-March

Fruit Details:
Samara of 1.33-2.33" long wings held at 80-degree angle, mature in late May to June, one of the largest fruit in the maple family

Fall Color:
Green, yellow-brown combination

Bark Details:
Grey or gray brown when young, becomes gray to gray-brown, ridged, and scaly when older

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to typical maple diseases: anthracnose, verticillium wilt, bacterial leaf spot, bleeding cankar, forest tent caterpillar, maple leaf cutter, leafhopper, bladder-gall mite, boxelder bug, among others

Native Habitat:
Quebec to Florida to Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana

Other Features:
One of the most overplanted trees in the American landscape, often has a poor branch structure that needs corrective pruning to remove overcrowded, narrow-angle branches. Its roots can damage sidewalks, septic fields, and cracked sewer lines.

Culture and Care:
Tolerant of wide variety of soils, but reaches maximum size in moist, slightly acidic soil, roots will cause sidewalks to buckle and drain tiles to clog due to vigorous root system. Will survive in sites where few others will.

This plant was blooming:
3/11/2010 - 3/20/2010
3/13/2007 - 3/22/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
176, 8639

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.