Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum

Alternative names
Soft Maple, Acer dasycarpum and as Acer eriocarpum

Silver Maple is a very vigorous deciduous tree with deeply palmately-lobed leaves, silvery-white beneath, turning red and yellow in autumn; small yellow-green flowers appear before the leaves.

Identification difficulty

A cultivated species which is occasionally found away from parks and gardens.

When to see it

Flowers early to mid spring.

Life History

Deciduous tree.

UK Status

Very occasionally from away from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded away from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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