Acer saccharinum

Silver Maples

 

Maple Grove Park, 1420 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster PA

 

Ralph W. Coho

 

Half a dozen or so old Silver Maples dominate the tree life in Maple Grove Park. Most of the Silvers were planted in 1914 by Ralph W. Coho who pur- chased West End Park, built a swim- ming pool there, planted maples around the pool, and renamed the park Maple Grove [Jack Brubaker, Lancaster Online, May 25, 2004.]. These trees thus are more than 100 years old, and a couple — perhaps preexisting in the park — seem even older.

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For example, the park's two giants are side by side near Little Conestoga Creek.  One has a trunk circumference of 208 inches, the other 203.  These numbers are comparable to the Noble Hill and Falmouth Silvers (see separate entries), although at 60-65 feet, the Maple Grove trees aren't as tall).  

 

This amazing species can hybridize with its close relative, the Red Maple (Acer rubrum), to produce the Free- man Maple which combines the fast growth of Silver with the bright fall color of Red.