silver maple, soft maple, white maple
February - April
Wetland Coefficient of Conservatism
Maples have opposite leaves and are sometimes confused with sweetgum which has alternate leaves. A. saccharinum can be distinguished by its fetid smelling twigs and a terminal lobe that is constricted near its base. Also, lobes on the leaf are deeply cut with acuminate apices. Leaf under surfaces white/silver (hence common name).
Frequently planted as an ornamental.
Riparian areas along large rivers such as the Mississippi, Pearl, Red, and Sabine.