used in residential areas for shade, the silver maple tree
has thick foliage. The leaves are deeply cut and silvery white
on the undersides, giving the tree its name. The leaves of
the silver maple appear as a light green and turn to a yellow
gold in the fall. The silver maple tree produces greenish
yellow to red flowers in early spring. This deciduous maple
tree provides very dense shade.
maple trees are hardy to zones three through nine. They require
full sun, but will live in partial shade. A silver maple tree
will survive in a variety of soil conditions, but will grow
best in moist, well-drained areas. The upright nature of the
silver maple tree gives it an open oval shape, with strong
spreading branches. The leaves are three to six inches in
width, and have five very distinct lobes.
are many considerations to think about before planting silver
maple trees. First of all is the soft nature of the wood.
In areas with extreme weather storms, this tree will likely
become damaged easily. A second consideration is that the
roots are intrusive. Roots of silver maple trees have been
known to break sidewalks and through basement walls. Planted
in the proper location and cared for correctly, silver maple
trees will provide years of hassle free life and beauty.