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|Size:||75-100 ft tall by 35-50 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Fall color|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen tree. Frequently used as a street tree as tolerant of root disturbance. Fall color is yellow.|
|Considerations:||Its prolific root system is notorious for invading and clogging leaky underground drainage and water lines. Susceptible to wind or ice damage due to its brittle wood.|
|Propagation:||Can be grown from purchased saplings or from seed. Also softwood cuttings.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Broadly tolerant|
The buds of silver maple are important food for squirrel populations during late winter/early spring. Budburst comes during the critical late winter-spring period when stored food supplies of squirrels are exhausted.
Attracts bees. Larval host for Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia).
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Sap could be used for sugaring, but it's only half as sweet as the sugar maple.|
|General Comments:||Fall foliage color is yellow. While used extensively as a street tree in the north, this fast growing species is relatively weak.|