Acer saccharinum. SILVER MAPLE. Eastern North America, Texas
ACERACEAE (Maple family)

The characteristically shaped cordate 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.

The famous sugar maple, A. saccharum, has similar leaves except that they are not cordate and have few teeth. The sap, which is not milky, is the source of the tasty maple sugar and maple syrup. The beautiful fine-grained wood is valuable and versatile. In our climate, sugar maples need summer water, but we have suitable lawns. I am not aware of any on campus.

Other campus maples: Acer buergeranum | Acer campestre | Acer circinatum | Acer ginnala | Acer griseum | Acer macrophyllum | Acer negundo | Acer notes | Acer palmatum | Acer platanoides | Acer pseudoplatanus | Acer rubrum | Acer saccharinum

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Name derivation, genus | species The Latin name | sugary (the sap)

Related material: N.B., Acer saccharum: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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