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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Silver Maple

Acer saccharinum
Family: Sapindaceae

Natural History

Upper and lower surfaces of silver maple leaves | Photo credit: Larry Korhnak, University of Florida

Silver maple is one of the most common tree species in the United States. It is known by a range of other common names, including creek maple, river maple, silverleaf maple, soft maple, water maple, and white maple.

It is a close relative of red maple (Acer rubrum) and can hybridize with it. The resulting hybrid is known as "Freeman maple."

Silver maple is tolerant of a wide range of climates, and as a result has been cultivated in many countries outside of its native range - including countries as far north as Norway, and as far south as Brazil and Argentina.

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