A tree with 🌳︎ broadleaves arranged ╫ opposite, blade division=🍁︎ simple, 5-♧-lobed, sinuses=very sharp, undersurface downy-white, end lobe narrows toward base, twigs bright chestnut-brown, branch tips curve upward.  Usually grows in moist areas.

Also called ◼︎ silverleaf maple, ◼︎ white maple and creek maple.  Also called ♒︎ water maple and swamp maple (although do not confuse with ◼︎ red maple  Acer rubrum which is also called those).  One of the soft maples.

Part of 🍁︎ maple  genus Acer in soapberry  family Sapindaceae in cashew / 🌰︎ chestnut / 🍊︎ citrus / 🍁︎ maple  order Sapindales.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA, east of the 🗻︎ Rocky Mountains.   🌎︎ Map (.pdf).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Often planted as a shade tree, due to the visual interest of the shadows from its deeply-lobed leaves, and the leaves fluttering in the breeze from the dark uppersurface to the bright undersurface.

Male trees score very allergenic (9 out of 10) on the OPALS™ Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.

Learn more about ◼︎ silver maple Acer saccharinum

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