Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
Swamps (including floodplains), river banks, lake shores (where samaras may wash up and germinate in dense rows); also sometimes in moist hardwoods, as well as in fencerows along roadsides.
Often planted as a shade tree, for which “cut-leaf” cultivars, the leaves more deeply lobed than usual, are popular. Sometimes apparently hybridizes with red maple (A. ×freemanii A. E. Murray), with resultant intermediate samara size and leaf shape. Leaves of both species are whitened beneath, and the wood of both is called “soft maple” in commerce.