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G6800, Revised June 2008

Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

Large trees

Silver mapleSilver maple

Silver maple is a fast-growing but relatively short-lived tree. Its brittle wood is too subject to storm damage for it to be recommended for general landscape use. The tree is also notorious for plugging sewer lines and lifting sidewalks. The tree should only be used in areas where its branches will not be a hazard if they fall and where it will not interfere with sewers or sidewalks.

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