|Grid reference||ST 17626 76595|
|Common name||Silver maple|
|Origin||East North America|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||28M April 2015|
|Girth||357cm April 2015|
This tree is on the lawn at the south end of Sophia Gardens.
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.