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 and soapberry  family Sapindaceae.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA central and East.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

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.

Bloom dates (Illinois) (.pdf).

Learn more about silver maple Acer saccharinum

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