Some facts about the silver maples include that it is a native North American species, it has leaves with distinctive silvery undersides, and its wood is typically used for pulp or inexpensive furniture. Silver maples provide maple syrup, but in much more limited quantities than sugar maples.
Common varieties of maple trees include the red maple, silver maple, sugar maple and sycamore maple. There are more than 128 species of maple trees, some of which are native to North America, while others are native to Asia or Europe.
Maple syrup is made by drilling a spile into the trunk of a maple tree in order to collect its sap, and then boil the sap down into syrup. The process typically takes place in late winter or early spring.
Maple trees are found in Europe, Asia and North America, particularly the northeastern portion of the United States. These trees germinate best in cold weather that's at least 34 degrees Fahrenheit.
The scientific name for a red maple is Acer rubrum, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. A red maple grows 40 to 60 feet high and has a spread of 40 feet.
The sugar maple tree can be either male, female or both. The trees are either dioecious, producing separate male and female flowers on the same tree, or monoecious, with male and female flowers on different trees.
Some different varieties of maple trees are the Amur maple, big leaf maple, hornbeam maple and Japanese maple. There is also the hedge maple, which reaches 25 to 35 feet tall and wide with yellow coloring in the fall.
While there are three main cultivars within the Japanese Maples, the cold-hardy Acer japonicum are the ones most commonly identified as such. Due to their resistance to cold, japonicums display varied and beautiful fall foliage.
In the U.S. syrup grading system, grade B maple syrup is a dark syrup that is primarily used for baking and cooking. It has a strong flavor with a slight caramel taste.
The red maple, or Acer rubrum, grows up to 1 to 2 feet a year. Red maples get up to 75 feet tall, and reaching their full height takes anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on genetics and environmental factors.