It seems like the most simple question to those who might have a Silver Maple growing in their yard. 'Of course, planted it myself' one might say. If you are generally fond of trees but haven't zeroed in on exactly what they are - here's one to discover.
In my years of travelling back and forth across Newfoundland I have been introduced to many Silver Maples growing in people's yards. By the way, it isn't native to the province. It seems easy to identify - leaves with that characteristic maple shape and white or silver underside. When caught by a breeze it creates a flourish of green and white. There is a catch: in many cases what people believe to be a Silver Maple is really a White Poplar.
Now for the real thing. The Silver Maple does have the green/silver colouring. It's real difference is dramatic: It has a classic maple leaf shape but with extreme deep valleys creating three distinct sections to the leaf. It is a beautiful leaf and an amazing tree.
Here it is: