The Silver Maple is a relatively fast-growing tree, commonly reaching a height of 65-100 ft. It may live 130 years or more. In many parts of the eastern U.S., the large buds of the Silver maple are one of the primary food sources for squirrels during the spring after many acorns and nuts have sprouted and the squirrels' food is scarce. It is widely used as an ornamental tree because of its rapid growth and ease of propagation and transplanting. It is highly tolerant of urban conditions. Although it naturally is found near water, it can grow on drier ground if planted there.
The leaves are deeply cut and silvery white underneath. They appear as light green and turn to golden yellow in the fall. This deciduous tree provides very dense shade.