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Silver Maple?

Post by Tyler » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:31 am

I came upon this tree about 1/2 mile from the Congaree River along a major gut. I think it may be silver maple, but I can't completely rule out a variety of red maple. I forgot to get a photo of the underside of the leaves but they were almost white.
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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:11 am

Maybe what you found is something like this?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_rubrum#Ecology

Red maple frequently hybridizes with Silver Maple; the hybrid, known as Freeman's Maple Acer x freemanii, is intermediate between the parents.
From your pictures I can't tell definitively either, though it does look a bit more like a silver maple than a red maple, but perhaps it's somewhere in between.
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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Will Blozan » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Tyler,

Could very well be a Freeman maple. How tall?

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Tyler » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:03 am

Will,

8' 9.5" cbh
94.5' tall
49.5' ACS

Would be new state champ if a silver maple.

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Tyler » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:18 am

Here is a picture of the canopy.
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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by eliahd24 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:09 pm

I'm surprised that the SC state champ Silver Maple is that small. I've seen numerous Silver Maples in the GA Piedmont in the range of 10+ cbh x 100' or so. Some even bigger.

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Tyler » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:30 am

Eli,

I think its a combination of the range only being halfway into the state and being an under measured species.

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by eliahd24 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:29 pm

that's what I figured. gotta set the bar somewhere though! our old city champ sweetgum was tiny until I got ahold of the list... now we've got a state champion level sweetgum in the city :)

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Tyler » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:17 am

So what do you guys think? Should I nominate it as a silver maple?

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Re: Silver Maple?

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:32 pm

Tyler-

It sure looks like a Freeman maple to me---why not nominate it as such? Attached is a Freeman maple photo from a location near me, at 130.7' x 7'6''.
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