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Silver maple is a tall, fast growing, native tree of eastern North America. It is usually found growing in open sunlight along creeks and waterways. This species has become over planted. Without proper and frequent pruning, high winds and ice can cause limbs to break. Many authorities recommend against planting silver maple.

 

This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. 

 

  • Family (English) Soapberry (formerly Maple)
  • Family (botanic) Sapindaceae (formerly Aceraceae)
  • Planting site Restricted sites
  • Tree or plant type Tree
  • Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
  • Size range Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Mature height 50-70 feet
  • Mature width 30-50 feet
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil, Wet soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Occasional drought, Occasional flooding, Wet sites
  • Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous
  • Shape or form Broad, Irregular, Upright
  • Growth rate Fast
  • Transplants well Yes
  • Planting considerations Aggressive, Commonly planted, Highly susceptible to ice damage, Messy fruit/plant parts, Roots prone to invading sewer pipes, Weak wood and branch structure
  • Wildlife Game birds, Small mammals, Songbirds
  • Has cultivars Yes

 

From The Morton Arbotarium 

 

ALL TAXES ARE INCLUDED IN PURCHASE PRICE

Silver Maple

  • All orders are final. If an item is out of stock, Morgan Conservation District will work to fulfill the item with another supplier, but no guarantees can be made. In this case, returns shall be issued to customers within 90 days of original purchase date. 

  • All orders will be picked up at Morgan Conservation District's Office at 200 West Railroad Avenue in Fort Morgan, Colorado in May 2024. More information will be emailed closer to delivery day. 

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