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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple, Soft Maple

Scientific Name:

Acer saccharinum

Genus:

Acer

Species Epithet:

saccharinum

Common Name:

Silver Maple, Soft Maple

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft., 72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomlands, riverbanks, and disturbed areas. Uncommon throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Silver Maple has brittle wood and the branches are easily broken in wind and storms. Sprouts from root suckers.

Front side of leaf is green, underside is silvery.

Forsyth County, NC

The Scientific Name is Acer saccharinum. You will likely hear them called Silver Maple, Soft Maple. This picture shows the Front side of leaf is green, underside is silvery. of Acer saccharinum

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/search/?q=acer+saccharinum

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/acer-saccharinum/

Vascular Flora of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php [type Acer saccharinum in the Scientific Name box, then click on the Search button]

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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