Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum
A tree of moist forests, often found along waterways, Silver Maple grows quickly to a height of as much as 80 feet, with a thick trunk that typically is forked. It is a widely-ranging species, growing from the Northeast, throughout the Great Lakes region, and south nearly to the Gulf coast. The long leaves are deeply divided into pointed lobes and coarsely toothed; they are pale green and silvery beneath. Reddish flowers mature to a greenish color and are borne in dense clusters. They open very early in spring. The samaras are large, with a 90 degree spread.