Silver maple is one of America's favorite shade trees and planted all over the eastern United States. Surprisingly, it also is a ragged tree when mature and is not a spectacular looking maple in autumn. Because it is a fast grower people tend to ignore the flaws and embrace its quick shade.
Acer saccharinum is a medium-sized tree of short bole and quickly branching crown. It is naturally found on stream banks, flood plains, and lake edges where it grows best on better-drained, moist alluvial soils. Growth is rapid in both pure and mixed stands and the tree may live 130 years or more.
The tree is useful in
wet areas, transplant
s easily and can grow where few
others can. It should be saved for planting in wet
areas or where nothing else will thrive.
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The Silviculture of Silver Maple