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 sister species ◼︎ 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 by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors), 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

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.

Bloom dates (NE Illinois).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file  (🔒︎ Wild Ones members only)

Learn more about ◼︎ silver maple Acer saccharinum

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