Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the BCC black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Family: Sapindaceae
Acer saccharinum L.
Silver maple

Black tags 158 to 162
54o 34.85N
5o 55.93W
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 5 large silver maples may be seen 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.

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2013 and 2014. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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