Botanical Name: Acer saccharinum
Common Name: Silver Maple, Soft or White Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer saccharinum
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color

Orange, Red


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Loam, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Invasive, Messy

Design Styles

Meadow, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Park


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Jacobs, Connon N.
  • Description

  • Notes

This fast-growing, equally spreading tree can reach heights of 40-100'. Leaves of 3"-6" in width are five-lobed, with a light green top color and silvery color beneath. The fall color is a mixture of scarlet, orange and yellow. With an aggressive root system, this tree can be hard on sidewalks and sewers. It is, however, one of the best trees for poor soils where few other trees will grow.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.