Acer saccharinum at Heath Park

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Acer saccharinum group
early August 2015

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Acer saccharinum group
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 17387 80071
Common name Silver maple
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Height 18M August 2015
Girth 263cm August 2015
Reference 277

One of a group of five Acer saccharinum opposite 60-63 George V Drive West.

Acer saccharinum bark

Acer saccharinum bark
August 2015

Acer saccharinum leaf

Acer saccharinum top & underside of leaves
early August 2015

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Acer saccharinum top & underside of leaves
early August 2015

Acer saccharinum foliage

Acer saccharinum foliage
late October 2015

Acer saccharinum leaf3

Acer saccharinum spring leaves
mid May 2016

General tree description

Acer saccharinum can grow to 30 metres tall, with an irregular dome and steep, arching branches. Its bark is smooth grey, developing shaggy cream-grey plates by the time the tree is around sixty years old. The leaves are 8 to 15cm across, deeply five-lobed, with irregular saw-toothed margins. They are green above and silver-white underneath, giving a shimmering effect in a breeze, and they turn yellow and pink-red in autumn. The flowers are a dull red, appearing in spring before the leaves.