Sunday, January 5, 2014

Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum

Acer saccharinum
January 4th

This is the fouth tree I have been visiting in the Maple Family.  Since it is winter time, lets look at the bark.

This Acer saccharinum tree lives at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville.  This tree is also known as the Silver Maple.  My daughter and I took a walk today at the Botanical Gardens to take photos of bark; here is what we found.

Silver Maple, Acer saccharinum, Botanical Gardens of Asheville

The Bark of  the silver maple tree when young, is smooth and gray.  When this tree matures, the bark is silvery gray that looks shaggy as long pieces of bark turn up at the ends.  These pictures are of a fully mature silver maple that is probably near 100 feet tall.

Silver Maple, Acer saccharinum, Botanical Gardens of Asheville

I encourage you to go into nature and enjoy the peace that surrounds you.

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