Visit our sister site, BirdSong Nature Shop, for great prices on thousands of backyard birding items:
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 50 to 70 feet
Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Summer foliage is green on top and silvery underneath.
Zone: 3 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet or moist
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.5
Suggested uses for this plant include shade tree.
Transplants readily either as a bare root tree or with roots balled and burlapped. Plant away from structures and streets to avoid interference with sewers and sidewalks.
Does well in poor soils.
Remove diseased and damaged wood as needed.
See Soil Improvement
Susceptible to many insects and diseases including Verticillium wilt and other canker diseases. Its brittle wood and poor branch development result in severe breakage during ice and wind storms. Its root system clogs sewer lines and lifts sidewalks.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of ACER SACCHARINUM
No important cultivars.
Carefully consider this tree's problems such as weak wood and invasive roots before using it. May be used in a location with poor soil conditions requiring fast shade or as a filler until more desirable, slow growing trees become established. Insects on Silver Maples drop "honeydew" which encourages mold on decks.