A Remarkable silver maple

Tree Information
Common Name: silver maple
Scientific name: Acer saccharinum
Category: Beautiful tree
Notes: I grew up here in Loudoun County and have seen a lot of changes..some good and some bad. Unfortunately though, when you live in a place so full of history and seen the changes here, most of them, at least in my opinion have been bad ones. The life cycle of the trees here in Leesburg have been threatened by all of the booming development even though Leesburg keeps saying that they are the "Tree Capital". I chuckle to myself every time I hear that, although I have not heard it recently. According to the town's arborist, the canopy cover in this area has dimished substantually and keeps getting worse. I live in one of the older subdivisions called "The Fairview Subdivision" here in town and have many trees on my property. One in particular is a silver maple (I believe) in the back yard that is one of the reasons I considered buying this house. It's canopy is so huge that the limbs stretch from one side of my property to the other. The circumfirence of the trunk is very large as well. We take a lot of pride in that tree along with our other two sugar maple trees in the front yard that also have some of the largest canopies on the street...if not, the largest. The back of our house faces the west and on those hot summer evenings, we don't experience all of direct sun and high temps due to that wonderful tree in the back. Somedays I will just sit in the back yard and watch it sway in the breeze and just try to take in all of it's magnitude. The squirrels love it too. It houses at least a dozen or so of them. Although there is no factual history that goes with this tree, I can only imagine what it has seen in the past years. If only it were able to talk........I am not sure how old it is, but my property is not too far from where the "Battle of Balls Bluff" took place. Troops could have easily camped right here. We also are living on what used to be the Fairview Fairgrounds from years ago. I am not a huge history buff but I do believe in preserving the past and I know that "the past" lives in my back yard and it's just as beautiful today as it was to someone elses eyes years ago and hopefully in years to come. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from you soon.
Best time to photograph: Summer in the AM or around noon
Nominator: Cathy Kennan
Location of Tree
County/City: Loudoun
Name of tree owner: Cathy Kennan
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