Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) – Leaves are green on top and silvery-white on the underside, shimmering and dancing in the breeze. The silver maple grows to a height of 50–80′ and a spread of 35–50′ at maturity. They also grow at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24″ per year.
Early settlers in the Ohio Valley found the sap from the silver maple to be superior to other maple trees for sugar quality, but production was too slow for commercial purposes. The trees were a staple in many new towns and homesteads on the frontier because of their rapid growth (for quick shade) and ability to adapt to a variety of soil conditions.