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Acer saccharinum

 
Acer saccharinum
silver maple
Acer saccharinum
One of many seedlings growing in our bog overflow

Common name silver maple
Family sapindaceae
Life cycle tree (Z3)
Flowers greenish yellow (spring)
Size 40-65'
Light sun
From seed fresh seed sprouts readily in warm conditions. dry storage is fatal
Seed ripensearly May

One of the trees that came in an Arbor Day Society "ten free trees" shipment shortly after we moved into our home, it lived in a nursery area for a few years until it found a home in our back yard. Its best attribute is the bright orange-yellow fall foliage. We liked it well enough, so worked around it when the big pond was installed a few years later; the tree wound up right at the edge of the filtration bog.
In the two years since, it has grown very fast. It drops lots of leaves into the pond; this year it set seed for the first time, and dropped thousands of the large propellors right into the bog. A large number of them sprouted in the most unlikely locations, and (sprouted or not) generally made a nuisance of themselves. That combined with the reputation of this species to be weak-wooded and thirsty-rooted has led us to the conclusion that the tree's gotta go. Its moment of truth will probably arrive this fall. Meanwhile, we'll enjoy its shade for one more season.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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