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Where in Minnesota? Dense, round, reddish flower clusters, about ½ inch across, form on small lateral branchlets at the tips of the previous year's branches in late March to early April, before leaves emerge. Seedlings can easily be transplanted and it will re-sprout from a stump. Their branches are fringed in bright red and fuzzy cream right after the snow melts, before the ground is warm enough for the spring ephemerals to bloom and earlier than any other tree or shrub. Older branches and the trunk develop coarse, scaly bark with age that can look quite shaggy and flake off. Early in spring, long before the trees begin to leaf out, even before the pussy willow's catkins, you may notice a haze of red among the branches of the Silver Maples. Don’t look down at the ground for this flower, look up; this is not one of our dainty spring perennials, it’s a good-sized tree! The female flowers seem to bloom much longer, but after they are pollinated, the stigmas also droop, turn brown, and fall off. Comment (max 1000 characters): Note: Comments or information about plants outside of Minnesota and neighboring states may not be posted because Id like to keep the focus of this web site centered on Minnesota. But here is the fascinating thing, those big surface roots posed as a little bird bath. One year old twigs are smooth, brown to reddish, especially right before spring bud break, turning silvery gray like the branches the second year. Web design and content copyright © 2006-2020 MinnesotaWildflowers.info. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 8 m (26 ft) tall. It grows to 18 metres (60 feet)—higher under favourable conditions—with a short, stout trunk and wide, irregular crown; slender drooping branches turn upward at the tips. If it is windy (and when is it not windy in March? Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it? Pick an image for a larger view. Early in spring, long before the trees begin to leaf out, even before the pussy willow's catkins, you may notice a haze of red among the branches of the Silver Maples. I lived in the same house growing up with a silver maple in the yard. Photos by Dave Spier except photo of male flowers by Dan Otis, Click Here to Join the FLNPS List-Serv (best to have or create Google account, but non-gmail IDs are OK) and LIKE us on Facebook (must have FB account). This close relative of red maple bears its male (pictured) and female flowers separately, sometimes on the same tree and sometimes not. A common complaint is the roots that are just below the surface that come popping through the ground. The tree was there when my parents moved into the house in 1954. The exact date that the Silver Maple blooms varies with weather and location. Thanks for your understanding. Darkone. Silver maple leaf: 69 KB: Riley County, Kansas: Silver maple leaf lower surface: 65 KB: Clay County, Kansas: Silver maple bark: 152 KB: Clay County, Kansas: Silver maple flowers: 36 KB: Mitchell County, Kansas: Silver maple flowers: 35 KB: Mitchell County, Kansas: Silver maple fruit : 58 … Read on to Mark's Silver Maple Fact Sheet for more pictures and additional information. Fruit is a pair of winged seeds (samara), 1½ to 2 1/3 inch long that matures and shed in May through early summer. Note: All comments are moderated before posting to keep the riff-raff out. It fall color is a brief, washed out yellow and it is a ample producer of sap for maple syrup in the spring. Silver maples have some of the largest seeds of our native Maples. Look closely and you will see that it is made up of hundreds and thousands of reddish buds swelling along the branches. I'd often see a bird drinking out of them days after the rain. The upper surface is dark green and smooth, the lower surface much paler with short fine hairs across the surface. Funding provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. In fact, all the Silver Maple flowers in the neighborhood will bloom together, within a few days of each other. The females have two bright red, arching styles. The developing seeds are also red at first, so the fruit clusters look much like the flowers and the female trees seem to bloom for weeks. The males have long, erect stamens. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Anoka and Ramsey counties. It is not tolerant of shade on poorer sites and is a pioneer dominant canopy species. Leaves are simple and opposite, the blade up to 6½ inches long and as wide but typically smaller, on a stalk half to as long as the blade. … Despite their many problems, there's one wonderful thing about silver maples: their flowers are (if I'm not mistaken) the earliest of any native plant. See the glossary for icon descriptions. Sold in 2009, but the tree still remains. Pockets in the roots were hollowed out, holding water after a rain. ), the wind soon blows the pollen away, and within a day or so the male flowers start to turn brown and droop. The leaves of Silver Maple are the most deeply lobed of the Minnesota maples, along with the shaggy bark of mature trees makes it easily distinguishable from most other maples. The exact date that the Silver Maple blooms varies with weather and location. One day, when the weather is just perfect, all the flower buds on the Silver Maple will burst into bloom at once. ), please check the links and invasive species pages for additional resources. Leaves have 5 palmate lobes with deep sinuses between the upper three, the basal lobes reduced. The wings form an angle of about 90 degrees. The fruits eventually turn green, then brown, and become the typical two-winged seeds that we associate with maples, twirling like gyrocopters as they fall from the trees by the thousands in late May or early June; but by then the leaves have obscured the branches and we have many and showier spring flowers to distract our attention. It adapts well to the landscape and has long been used as a landscape shade tree.