Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple

 

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, 1/8 mile north of Marietta Access (on right)

 

Pat Lemay

 

With four co-dominant trunks branching two feet above ground, this tree might not impress as much as a single trunk specimen. But the plant is huge and must surely be older than the age that Silvers normally attain. Trunk circumference at two feet is approximately 280 inches.

 

Like the Crable Silver Maple farther north along the same trail (near Falmouth), this tree is growing in an ideal environment for Silvers:  low impact from human activity; storm protection by the surrounding forest; and moist bottomland (other names for this species are Creek Maple, Water Maple, and Swamp Maple).

 

This amazing species is one of only two maples (the other being Red) that produce samaras in spring instead of fall, with seeds that germinate in summer and so don't require dormancy.