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Silver Maple, Acer saccharinum

Common Name: silver maple

Type: tree

Family: Sapindaceae

Zone: 3 to 9      Find Your Zone

Height: 50 to 80 feet

Width: 40 to 70

Bloom Time: March

Bloom Color: yellowish green

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: yellow and orange

Soil: moist, well drained

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


Silver maples are named for the silver color on the back of their deeply lobed leaves. This is one of the fastest growing maple trees but one of the least popular of the maples for a couple reasons. Silver maples, at a young age, get dead branches in it that can litter the landscape. Silver maples roots can stick out of the ground, making mowing a challenge. Silver maples can deal with flooding and sitting in flood waters for extended periods of time, therefore being a good candidate for lowlands or flood plains.


Maple trees are known for their brilliant fall color. The silver maple is no exception. The foliage of a silver maple will turn a brilliant yellow or orange color. Since all maple trees are known for their brilliant colors, they will even cross breed trees like silver maples with red maples to come up with new trees with different brilliant colors like the Autumn Blaze Maple. Silver maple, Red maple, Black maple and Sugar maples can all be tapped for maple syrup as well.



STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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How To Tap a Tree For Maple Syrup

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Posted 2015-09-06T14:36:28+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL