Latin Name: Acer saccarinum
Facts about Silver Maple:
Height: 15 to 35 meters, Spread: 11 to 15 meters wide
Sun Exposure: Slightly shade tolerant, but prefers full sun
Soil: Prefers moist, rich soil Location: Central/Southern Ontario
In autumn, leaves generally turn pale yellow or brown
Bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming darker brown and “shaggy” when mature
Fast growth compared to other maples
Seeds found in “keys” dispersed in late spring
Silver maple are beneficial to wildlife in numerous ways. Seeds provide a food source for squirrels, chipmunks and birds, while bark is eaten by deer and beavers.
The trunks sometimes have hollow cavities, which provide shelter to squirrels, owls, woodpeckers, opossums and raccoons.
Native Americans also had many uses for this tree, including to make sugar, bread and medicine.
Lumber from the tree is used in furniture, flooring, crates and even musical instruments because it is light and easily worked. It has been noted as a potential source for biofuels because of it’s fast growth