The leaves of Silver maple are palmate lobed with 5 deeply incised lobes. The leaves are 8 - 16 cm (3.2 – 6.3 in) long and 6 - 12 cm (2.4 – 4.7 in) broad. The leaf surface is light green, the underside is white. The leaf margin is serrated.
The male flower is greenish and like panicles. The female flower is red.
The fruit is a samara with two winged nutlets. The samara are 3 – 5 cm (1.2 - 2 in) long and arranged at an acute angle.
The bark of the branches is light brown. The branches hang over.
single tree or planting in groups