Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
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 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.