Red maples are starting to bud out in my woods. They have bright red buds that I can see from the house. The bark on these trees vary widely from very smooth to fissured like sugar maples. Maybe the smooth barked trees are juveniles but some of the smooth barked trees are considerably larger than some of the fissured plated trees. The bark seems to vary. I have no experience processing wood from silver maples. Only what Ive observed from this site.