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Silver Maple Flowering

4-2-13 silver maple IMG_8305Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) is second only to skunk cabbage when it comes to early spring flowering. Even with our nights still well below freezing, silver maple trees are bursting with blossoms. This close relative of red maple bears its male (pictured) and female flowers separately, sometimes on the same tree and sometimes not. Silver maple’s sap can be tapped and boiled into syrup, but the yield is much less, and it’s only about half as sweet as that of sugar maple.

5 responses

  1. Margot and Steve

    This tree is also one of the first sources of pollen for bees inn early spring.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

  2. Knox Johnson

    Hi Mary, Found another spring flowering shrub April 1 at the edge of our woods-Vernal Witch-hazel. First time I’ve noticed this one blooming this time of year. It is amongst other Witch-hazels that I normally see blooming in autumn.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • Will be right over! Thanks for the heads up!

      April 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  3. catherine fisher

    My daughter and I noticed one in full bloom this weekend, here in Lee, NH. In another harbinger of spring: one of my 3rd grade nature walkers found our first-of-the-year wood frog yesterday beside a 3/4’s frozen over vernal pool!

    April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    • Wow! No sign of wood frogs here in central Vermont yet!

      April 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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