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Is it a Silver Maple?

Posted by whaas 5a (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 19, 09 at 21:47

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:

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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RE: Is it a Silver Maple?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 19, 09 at 22:42

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?

RE: Is it a Silver Maple?

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


RE: Is it a Silver Maple?

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

RE: Is it a Silver Maple?

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

RE: Is it a Silver Maple?

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

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