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Silver Maple. Acer saccharinum L. Classification. Kingdom Plantae – Plants Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons Subclass Rosidae Order Sapindales

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Silver maple

Silver Maple

Acer saccharinum L.


Classification

Classification

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Rosidae

Order Sapindales

Family Aceraceae – Maple family

Genus Acer L. – maple

Species Acer saccharinum L. – silver maple


Shape form type

Shape, Form, Type

  • Can be a large tree….over 100ft

  • Trunk is short

  • Divides into sub-trunks

  • Long slender branches go downward but then curve up

FIGURE 1


Silver maple

Bark

  • Light gray

  • smooth when young

  • when older breaks up into long thin strips, loose at ends.

  • Similar to red maple but coarser.

FIGURE 2


Silver maple

Twig

  • stout

  • Chestnut brown color,

  • Gross smell when crushed

  • buds reddish brown with large scales, flower buds often in conspicuous dense clusters.

FIGURE 3

FIGURE 4


Silver maple

Leaf

  • Opposite

  • 5 deeply palmate sinuses

  • lobe margins coarsely serrate

  • 2 1/2 to 5 inches long

  • light green above, pale, silvery white below.

FIGURE 5

FIGURE 6


Silver maple

Bud

  • buds reddish brown with large scales

  • flower buds often in clusters.

FIGURE 7


Flower

Flower

  • greenish and reddish flowers

  • appear in dense clusters in early spring long before leaves.

FIGURE 9

FIGURE 8


Fruit

Fruit

  • Samara, which is the largest of any native maple

  • divergent wings 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long

  • germinate as soon as released, mature in late spring.

FIGURE 10

FIGURE 11


Habitat and range

Habitat and Range

  • Acer saccharinum trees are common in the Midwest.

  • The Silver maples are generally the first trees to flower in the Midwest

FIGURE 12


Silver maple

Uses

FIGURE 13

  • furniture and flooring.

  • Bowling alleys and bowling pins are both manufactured from sugar maple

  • Maple is also the wood used for basketball courts, including the floors used by the NBA, and it is a popular wood for baseball bats

  • It is also widely used in the production of musical instruments, such as the members of the violin family, guitars and drum shells.


References

References

  • Text citation:

  • Tree tropics. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://www.treetopics.com/rhus_glabra/gallery1.htm

  • Vanderbilt. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/rhgl.htm

  • Virginia tech. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=80

  • Illionois wild flowers. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/plants/sm_sumac.htm

  • Usda plant. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ACSA2


Silver maple

  • Figures 1-11:

  • Virginia tech. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=80

  • Figure 12:

  • Usda plant. (6, 24 2010). Retrieved from http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ACSA2


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