Growing a Silver Maple

By Shannon C , last updated April 12, 2011

The Silver Maple tree has long been recognized in various ways for its unique traditional and healing properties. From its appearance on the Canadian silver coin to the use of its sap for liver and kidney function ailments as well as coughing disorders, Silver Maple is as versatile as it is elegant. The Silver Maple tree can also, as its name suggests, produce a sap that is sweet to the taste and can be used with pancakes and waffles as well as a sweetener, but it is considered a lower grade sweetener as far as maple syrup production is concerned, primarily due to its lower sugar content. Growing a Silver Maple Tree is not difficult as long as appropriate growing conditions can be met. Use these simple instructions to grow a Silver Maple Tree in your home or garden setting.

Selecting the Area to Plant Silver Maple Tree

The Silver Maple Tree is considered to be an ornamental tree, which means it is a popular choice for shade in residential areas. It is the most common of all the maple varietals planted stateside. The Silver Maple Tree is relatively easy to grow and care for and can grow well as long as temperatures do not get extremely cold and weather conditions do not become extreme enough to injure its softer bark. Silver Maple Trees really prefer full sunlight but can also do well in partial shade conditions. Full shade conditions are not recommended. Because Silver Maple will quickly develop a large shallow spreading root system, take care to select a planting location away from utility lines, structures, and foundations that may be impacted.

Planting Silver Maple Tree

Silver Maple can be propagated from seeds or cuttings, or planted from a root ball. This third option is the recommended way to plant Silver Maple Trees. To begin, dig a hole approximately two times the diameter of the root ball, and carefully spread the roots out from the root ball. If synthetic burlap is used around the root ball, remove the covering. If natural burlap is used, this can remain but roots should still be loosened prior to planting to allow the root system to establish itself in the soil more easily. Fill the hole halfway with dirt, then water to remove air pockets. Fill the remainder of the hole with soil and then spread a thin layer of mulch across the top of the soil surface up to but not touching the root ball. This will prevent invasion from weeds and help to control common garden pests and predators as the young tree grows. Water again thoroughly and ensure the soil is draining well.

Caring for Silver Maple Tree

Regular pruning will most likely be required as the Silver Maple Tree grows and matures, as this is not a tree that will keep its natural shape well without assistance. Check Silver Maple often for fungi, root rot, leaf mold, and wilt, as its soft bark can make this tree more susceptible that some to injury from plant diseases.

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