Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
This large, fast growing maple, a native of eastern North America, can reach over 30m. The silver maple name relates to the silvery backs to the leaves. The Latin name is easily confused with that of the sugar maple - Acer saccarum. Examples of both can be seen in Belfast Botanic Gardens where the silver maples have been planted in a grove in the spring garden, underplanted with hazels and spring bulbs. The flowers open before the leaves. These are smaller that those of the sugar maple but in close-up are the same dramatic red colour.