Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple                                   

 

Noble Hill Horse Rescue, 2002 Noble Road, Kirkwood PA

 

Pat Astheimer

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This tree stands in front of an old farmhouse, parts of which could be 240 years old.  In its early years the property belonged to Capt. Thomas P. Whiteside (1736-1805), a Revolutionary War veteran who lost an arm while fighting at the battles of Princeton, Trenton and Monmouth, NJ.  He later became a well-known judge in Lan- caster County.

 

In 2018 the old Silver had a trunk circumference of 18 feet, a height of 90, and a spread of 85 (approximate figures).   The tree is thus one of the largest Silver Maples in Lancaster County, is 150-200 years old, and may have been planted by a Whiteside heir.

 

This amazing species sports leaf and flower buds that become an important food source for squirrels in the spring after acorns and other food have become scarce.