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Sugar/Silver Maple Identification

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From: William Ferguson
Versailles, IL
Sirs I have watched emerging volunteer maple trees with the intention of transplanting them. Unfortunatly what looked like a hard maple leaf on the young tree turned out to be a soft maple leaf a year later. how does one distinguish between a hard maple and a soft maple when they first sprout? I don't believe I have ever seen this subject addressed in any publications. thanks very much bill

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Bill:

Since leaf morphology on young seedlings can sometimes be problematic (as you've already encountered), the next best way to "key" out these two trees is via their buds/twigs.

Here is a good Website:

In addition, you can always purchase the new edition of Forest Trees of Illinois:

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