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The palmate leaves on this tree have 5 deep lobes, and are 2.5 to 5 inches long. It is light green, pale, silvery white below. Clusters of small flowers emerge in February to April. The twigs are similar to red maples and the bark as well, it is light gray when the tree is young and breaks into thin strips as it gets older. The trunk is usually short. Silver maple is brittle and is not the best choice of trees to plant near a house.
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