Acer saccharinum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Silver Maple


Plant Specifics

Size:75-100 ft tall by 35-50 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red turning greenish-yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Flowers before leafing out in late winter - early spring.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree. Frequently used as a street tree as tolerant of root disturbance. Fall color is yellow.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



The  are important food for squirrels during late winter/early spring. Budburst comes during the critical late winter-spring period when stored food supplies of squirrels are exhausted.  

Important as a beaver food source in areas where it is common. May be important to wood ducks.

Attracts bees.

Larval host for Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia).