Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Maples . . . ] Forest Types: Riverine
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: In moist areas, usually in riverine ecosystems.
Stature: 60-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; often splitting into 2 or more main trunks; when mature featuring a broad, rounded crown.
Leaves: 4-7 inches long; simple; with 5 deeply cut lobes separated by V-shaped sinuses; smooth; light green above; silvery to whitish below; turning yellow in the fall.
Bark: Gray; at first smooth, becoming cracked-scaly.
Fruit: A green "helicopter" about 2 inches long, appearing before the leaves in spring.
Expanded treatment of this tree can be found at our companion site, midwestnaturalist.com, here.
Frequent Mushroom Associates:
Maples are not mycorrhizal, but some saprobes are dedicated to decomposing silver maple wood and debris, including: Armillaria tabescens (especially in urban settings), Polyporus squamosus, and others.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2007, May). Silver maple (Acer saccharinum). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/acer_saccharinum.html