Silver Maple

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Fast-Growing Shade Tree Silver Maple

  • Can Reach 25 Feet Tall in 10 Years
  • Casts Dense Shade
  • Bright Green Leaves Flash Silvery Undersides in the Slightest Breeze
  • Beautiful Rounded, Oval Outline
  • Attractive Bark is Smooth
  • Great for Large Properties
  • Windbreak Tree
  • Tolerates Wet or Dry Soils
  • Long-Lived to 130 Years
  • Hardy
  • Native to North America

To define your property line, or get relief from wind, use the native tree Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). It grows incredibly quickly and provides dense shade for your property.

This is one of the most popular shade trees in the United States. It puts on a huge burst of growth, especially when young.

Because these trees grow so fast, they were widely sold as a suburban shade tree after World War II ended. Perhaps you grew up with one in your front yard that became a big, mature specimen.

Our best recommendation is to use this vase-shaped, native tree further out in the yard, or in a mixed grouping with other native trees on wide, open properties. If you are interested in learning more about where to correctly plant your larger growing trees, click here for our blog!

Silver Maple grows into a large tree that must have room to spread. These are very fast-growing and large-growing Maple trees.

We offer many varieties of trees here at Nature Hills. Our team takes pride in helping our customers select the "perfect fit" for their landscape.

Each tree has its own attributes, and this tree delivers refreshing, delicious shade that spreads wide and grows tall in a hurry!

Silver Maple has deeply cut lobed, bright green leaves with a silvery underside. These fine-textured leaves fill out along the branches quite densely. They will cast a deep shade that lengthens across the lawn as the sun crosses overhead.

The effect of the silver coloring is striking, and sets it apart from the other trees in your yard. Even it's rounded, open crown provides a lovely silhouette behind the other plantings in the landscape.

Each fall color display will be a little different. When the cool temperatures come on long and slow, you'll enjoy a golden fall color. In other years, it may develop an orange overcast.

Birds love this tree. Kids love this tree.

From playing with the winged whirlybirds seeds, to jumping in the big piles of leaves, Silver Maple makes a big impression on children. Pay one or two of the most enterprising a few dollars a bag for easy fall cleanup.

In late winter, you can collect some sap by tapping it, just like you can Sugar Maple trees. Boil it down to make amazing Maple syrup.

Some people keep a stand of Silver Maples to use as a renewable source of firewood. It grows quickly to earn its keep on a permaculture lot.

Game birds and songbirds both love the seeds and shelter offered by this handsome tree. Silver Maple is a tree of uncommon beauty and has a variety of uses.

Use it well, and love it your whole lifelong. Order yours from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Silver Maple in the Landscape

First, carefully site your Silver Maple at least 50 feet away from all structures and paved areas. It grows fast and matures into a large tree, with a root system to match.

The adaptability of this fast growing plant makes them great for planting in windbreaks and shelterbelts in large, open areas. They'll provide quick wind breaking in a short period of time.

Silver Maple can grow just about anywhere, including in areas that may occasionally flood. Add them along a creek bed.

Use them as a featured specimen tree in a Rain Garden to filter potentially polluted runoff from streets and roofs, before it flows down the storm drain to reach local waterways.

Give them the room they need to develop into their full, majestic presence. There is no other tree like it!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Silver Maple will grow in just about any soil type, and can tolerate wet or dry soils without missing a beat. It even puts up with tough alkaline soil.

Plant it in full sun or partial shade. It won't be long before they cast their own shade for you!

Water carefully to establish young trees during their first few seasons. After that, they are quite self-sufficient. If you have a long period of drought, you'll want to consider adding supplemental water to protect your investment.

Silver Maple will benefit from a regular pruning schedule. Pruning can be done right after they leaf out, so the sap does not bleed from the cut.

For a big, durable, long-lived shade tree, the Silver Maple is a true gift. Add one or more to your mixed shade planting or shelterbelt.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Silver Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer saccharinum
Mature Height 50 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 60 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium, Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes