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collage of Red Maple and Silver Maple

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) vs. Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Updated December 29th, 2019

Red and silver maple are closely related and have similar buds, but are usually easy to tell apart by leaves and growth habit. They can occur in the same habitat, but red maple occurs in a wider range of habitats. Hard-to-distinguish trees may be a hybrid: Freeman Maple (Acer ×freemanii), which occurs naturally and is also widely planted in landscaping.

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