Friday, April 8, 2011

Silver Maple Flower

Today I noticed that the male Silver Maple flowers opened up.  Today was a good day to differentiate between the male and female Silver Maples.  From a distance, the female trees had red, compact ball-shaped flowers.  The male trees had yellow, fuzzy ball-shaped flowers.  And they were easy to tell apart from a distance.  Most of the Silver Maples I observed biking to and from work only had flowers high up: I found a lot of big trees along Theodore Wirth Parkway with flowers high up in the branches, but one had a few low branches that I could photograph.  The yellowish threads are the flower's stamens.  The stamens bear the pollen.  I'm not sure if the female flowers have fully opened up yet.