Audubon® Silver Maple
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Looking to create bird habitat in a hurry? Silver Maple is the easiest option for you. This eager native shade tree gets right to work. Growing lightning-fast, it soon creates a lofty canopy, where birds can feed, perch, nest, and raise their young. In addition, the foliage hosts a wide array of caterpillars, leafhoppers, and other bugs, which birds such as chickadees and cardinals consider fine dining. Grosbeaks and finches are particularly fond of the seeds. In mature trees, cavities may develop in the trunk, and in rural areas, owls, ducks, and woodpeckers will take up residence there. Get that backyard bird habitat started—pronto!
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, cardinals & grosbeaks, finches, owls, ducks, and woodpeckers.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
Size C (9-10' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Native to most of the eastern U.S. and highly adaptable, Silver Maple is a common sight just about everywhere. Its pretty, silver-backed leaves flutter in the wind in hedgerows, on farms, on suburban lots, and even in the heart of the city. In the wild, it occurs most often near water, and there is where it achieves its most luxurious growth. Fun fact: Mature Silver Maple Trees can be tapped for syrup! The sap isn’t as sweet as that of Sugar Maple, so it need to boil longer, but the finished result is just as delicious.
Tiny, bright red Silver Maple flowers are a harbinger of spring, giving us hope that change is in the air and warmer weather is here to stay. Interestingly, the blossoms of a Silver Maple Tree may be all male or all female, or there may be some of each. Even more intriguing, the gender of the flowers can change from year to year. Trees are incredible!
How to Grow
Plant Silver Maple in a sunny spot in just about any type of soil (even clay). Though it prefers good drainage and average amounts of water, it will also grow in that low spot in your yard that stays a little soggy after a rain. When it is young, this tree has smooth, thin bark that is susceptible to injury, so one thing you will want to be careful about is to not damage it with string trimmers or other equipment. Silver Maple has a tendency to lose limbs in ice storms. Don’t plant it near buildings; reserve it for open spaces on large properties.
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