Is it a Silver Maple?

whaas_5a(5A SE WI)September 19, 2009

I can't figure out if I have a silver maple or not. Its habit is just like a silver maple and its size is as well. Planted in 1997 and its 30ft x 30ft.

I had two arborists tell me its a silver maple, but it doesn't get the helicopters and it gets a dull dark red fall color. Any ideas?

The leaf looks just like this one:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://saltthesandbox.org/trees/SilverMaple1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://saltthesandbox.org/trees/huntCampFire3.htm&usg=__7zxLTffCS9HY4e0zTs0GFo9FL1M=&h=192&w=182&sz=6&hl=en&start=4&um=1&tbnid=jbzHrQGhdl087M:&tbnh=103&tbnw=98&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsilver%2Bmaple%2Bleaf%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

Only thing I could think of is maybe an Autumn Blaze maple, but its growth rate and habit aren't quite like the Autumn Blaze, plus its fall color is duller than the typical vibrant red.

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

We can't make an ID when you say it "looks like this one" because too often, the inexperienced eye misses critical details.

Can you post images of your tree, also leaf close-ups?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2009 at 10:42PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Here is the actual leaf, figured that would be the best way to identify.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2009 at 11:09PM
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ginkgonut(4)

Might be a red x silver hybrid. Some look quite a bit like silver maples, but get red fall color.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2009 at 7:52AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Is it safe to rule out that its a silver maple based ont he red fall color?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2009 at 5:18PM
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botanybob(Northern Idaho)

That leaf doesn't look like a silver maple. The red fall color certainly rules it out.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 11:57PM
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