University of Florida

Acer saccharinum

Common name(s): Silver Maple, Soft Maple, White Maple, River Maple

Plant type: deciduous large tree
Primary method of propagation: seed
Alternate propagation method(s): cutting, grafting/budding

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: Summer
Cutting maturity: softwood, semi-hardwood
Rooting hormone: IBA TALC 8000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist
Time to rooting: 5-7 weeks
Comment: Cuttings taken from younger plants were more successful than those from older trees. Wound one side of the cutting through the cambium layer.

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Summer
Time of year to sow seed: Autumn
Seed treatment: none
Preferred temperature for germination: 70-85 degrees F
Time required for germination: 8-12 weeks
Comment: Treat seed beds with repellents against birds and rodents, and fungicide to prevent damping-off. Shade is recommended the first Summer. Seeds are sown 1/4

Propagation by Grafting

Time of year to graft: Summer
Type of graft: cleft, side graft