|Silver maple leaf - deeply lobed with prominent serrations and a "silvery" underside.|
|Tree huggers and a large silver maple in Ithaca New York. (credit Rich and Royal Hue)|
There is most definitely a lot to dislike about silver maple. And yet as I look around eastern Nebraska in this brutally hot and dry summer, the silver maple should be a much appreciated tree for the wide-spreading shade it casts. Look up at the canopy of any community forest and some of the most important trees helping to cool the air around us are the silver maples. The heat doesn't bother them and although they are a floodplain species, they seem to be very tolerant of significant drought. I doubt I will ever plant one myself, but in a summer like this I can sure appreciate the big silver maples that we do have - especially my neighbor's tree shading the south side of my house and property.
|State Champion silver maple, Chautauqua Park, Beatrice|
|Yours truly - in the state champion silver maple.|