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  • Appearance: The silver maple is a large deciduous tree that can reach heights of 50 to 80 feet or more. It has a fast growth rate, making it one of the quickest-growing maple species. The leaves are palmately lobed with deep notches between the lobes, giving them a distinct shape. The upper surface of the leaves has a silvery-white appearance, which gives the tree its common name.
  • Habitat and Range: Silver maples are native to eastern North America and are commonly found near water sources such as streams, rivers, and floodplains. They are well-adapted to wet soil conditions and can tolerate periodic flooding. However, they can also grow in drier soils as long as there is adequate moisture.
  • Environmental Benefits: Like other maple species, silver maples provide several environmental benefits. Their dense foliage offers shade, which can help reduce cooling costs in the summer. They are also effective at stabilizing soil and preventing erosion. The roots of silver maples can absorb excess water, making them suitable for areas prone to flooding. Additionally, their flowers provide nectar for bees and other pollinators.
  • Wood and Uses: The wood of the silver maple is relatively soft and not as strong as other hardwoods. It is commonly used for pulpwood, boxes, crates, and low-grade lumber. The tree's quick growth rate and availability make it a popular choice for firewood. The branches of the silver maple are flexible, making them prone to breakage during storms.
  • Wildlife Value: Silver maples have ecological importance due to their ability to support a variety of wildlife species. The flowers produce abundant pollen and nectar, attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The seeds, known as samaras, are a food source for birds such as finches, cardinals, and sparrows. The tree's dense canopy provides shelter and nesting sites for birds and other small animals.
    • SPREAD 15-18 M
    • HEIGHT 18-20 M 
    • PLANT ZONE 3

    Care Instructions

    Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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