Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum

This fast-growing maple species is common throughout southern and central Ontario.  The Silver Maple requires a lot of space, but loves to grow in wetter areas, such as wooded areas near wetlands or streams. The notoriously weak wood of the Silver Maple means lots of fallen branches, but the often hollow trunks provide excellent dens and nesting cavities for many animals, such as owls, wood ducks, and raccoons! The leaves are easy to identify by the deep, narrow notches separating 5-7 lobes (usually only 5 on Sugar Maple leaves), and the pale white undersides.

Silver Maple Leaves
Note the deep notches of Silver Maple leaves

Both sides of a silver maple leaf
Silver Maple leaves are quite whitish underneath. Photo by Brian Lacey.

Silver Maple Keys\
Silver Maple keys are very large and distinctively shaped. The buds, seeds, and leaves also provide food for a long list of wildlife species.

Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Silver Maples. 1995-1999.
Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Silver Maples. 1995-1999.

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