Silver Maple, Acer saccharinum

This is a striking tree that can grow to over 30 m and was introduced from Eastern and Central N. America (Quebec to Florida ) in 1723. The crown is commonly open and domed and spreading towards the top. As well as having a silver undersurface to the leaf it is particular noticeable for its autumn foliage. Ours turns pink, scarlet and crimson in September. The bark is generally smooth and the flowers appear wreathed along the shoots before the leaves appear. The winged fruits are rarely seen in this country.

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