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Plant Details

Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple, Soft Maple

Scientific Name:

Acer saccharinum

Genus:

Acer

Species Epithet:

saccharinum

Common Name:

Silver Maple, Soft Maple

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft., 72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomlands, riverbanks, and disturbed areas. Uncommon throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Silver Maple has brittle wood and the branches are easily broken in wind and storms. Sprouts from root suckers.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/search/?q=acer+saccharinum

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/acer-saccharinum/

Vascular Flora of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php [type Acer saccharinum in the Scientific Name box, then click on the Search button]

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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