silver maple

noun

Definition of silver maple 

1 : a common maple (Acer saccharinum) of eastern North America with deeply cut 5-lobed leaves that are light green above and silvery white below

2 : the hard close-grained but brittle light brown wood of the silver maple

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The 125-year-old silver maple tree towering over the grounds of St. Edna Catholic Church in Arlington Heights has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Information Age. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "125-year-old tree will be removed to make way for $5.6 million expansion at Arlington Heights church," 20 Apr. 2018 One of its owners, celebrity chef Adam Harvey, just went to court, though, after being accused of using his green thumb to poison his 77-year-old neighbor's giant silver maple tree, the New York Post reports. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Chef accused of poisoning neighbor's giant maple tree that blocked his solar panels," 9 June 2018 Among the holy ground, guests will find a 200-year-old silver maple tree, plenty of roses, and a picture perfect South Lawn, surrounded by butterfly- and bird-friendly trees and shrubs. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 Secret Gardens Where You Can Find Reprieve in New York City," 22 May 2018 Phillips says the temperature change may benefit some animal and plant species, such as the silver maple and sycamore. Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 16 May 2018 On the other hand, fast-growing trees, such as silver maples, often have weak wood that easily breaks in storms. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Think about space, pests, diversity before buying a new tree," 25 Apr. 2018 The silver maple far outnumbers other types of trees, which the plan says could be a liability. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Highland moves forward with plan to diversify tree population," 9 Mar. 2018 Of 86 species tracked in both inventories, including the shortleaf pine, black ash, sassafras and silver maples, 73 percent shifted westward, and 62 percent shifted northward. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "American Trees are Shifting West," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of silver maple

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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