How Does It Stand Tall Among All Others?

As stated earlier, Acer saccharinum lives in a very moist habitat. To live in such an environment, silver maple has many characteristics different from other organisms. Because of very moist soil, Acer saccharinum does not need to force its root system very deep in the soil. This adaptation allows it to preserve energy in which the tree can use elsewhere.

Other animals eat parts of Acer saccharinum for nutrition, as explained in interactions, which harms the tree. When leaves are lost to other organisms, Acer saccharinum has a reduction in the amount of photosynthesis it is able to do; furthermore, the loss of buds create fewer chances for reproduction. To lessen the chance of these inconveniences, Acer saccharinum releases a poor smelling vapor when eaten. The unpleasant smell makes it unappealing for creatures to continue to eat that particular part of the tree.

An adapted characteristic that all maples have is the shape of there fruit. This winged shape helps to allow the wind to carry the seed farther away from the parent tree. This reduces the chance of self fertilization.
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