Sapindaceae (soapberry family) Acer

Acer saccharinum silver maple

Eastern North America, Texas
Acer saccharinum leaves. From Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell

The characteristically shaped leaves are about 5 by 5 inches, five-lobed with coarse teeth, and silvery below. The sap, which is not milky, is a source of maple sugar.

A large specimen is at 579 Alvarado Row, on the right next to the fence. The silver maple growing at 733 Mayfield Avenue was planted in 1958 by faculty youngster and future arborist Phil Cannon. Three trees are near Palo Alto’s College Terrace Library, east side of the park.

Name derivation: Acer – Latin for maple; saccharinum – sugary (the sap).

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Family name updated from Aceraceae to Sapindaceae Oct 2017 (SP). A. saccharum note split off into its own entry, light edits (SP, Oct 2018).