Plant ID forum: What is this tree?

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Safroniabee
Apr 30, 2017 8:45 AM CST
At least I think it's a tree. It started growing in my butterfly garden last year so this year I moved it to a bigger area and it's doing well. We have a lot of red maples lining our street, but these leaves look different. We are in TN
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Apr 30, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Looks like some sort of maple
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 30, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Hi Safroniabee, Welcome!
My guess would be Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) but there are probably other Maples that also grow in Tennessee.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 30, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like a maple, and it could be silver maple because the front lobe narrows towards its base. But if silver maple is what it is, it's not a tree to have that close to a fence or even in a garden unless it is a very big garden where its size, brittleness and roots are far from causing problems.

Safroniabee
Apr 30, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Sooby, how do you mean? It is at the very end of our yard. It is near the fence but not near the house.

How can I tell the difference between a red maple and a silver maple?
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plantladylin
Apr 30, 2017 12:15 PM CST
When googling I found this drawing with comparisons of Acer leaves:
http://www.waterfordvillage.or...
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 30, 2017 4:06 PM CST
Safroniabee said:Sooby, how do you mean? It is at the very end of our yard. It is near the fence but not near the house.



It's a big tree with several potential problems including those I mentioned. But if your yard is really large and it's not a problem that almost half of the tree will ultimately hang over the other side of the fence, or that bits of it fall to the ground in storms etc. then you can make an educated decision to leave it be. You might wish to check out these articles:

https://extension.tennessee.ed...

https://www.missouribotanicalg...

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