Silver Crystal Tree Materials
- sheet of copper that has been cut into a tree shape or a tree made from copper wire
- 0.1 M silver nitrate solution
Grow a Silver Crystal TreeAll you need to do is place the copper tree into the silver nitrate solution. Silver will be reduced on the copper, forming silver crystals. Crystals begin forming immediately and should be visible within an hour. You can allow the silver crystal tree to sit in an undisturbed location for a day or two for peak crystal growth.
How It WorksA displacement reaction is responsible for crystal formation:
2 Ag+ + Cu → Cu2+ + 2 Ag
When you are finished growing the silver crystals, you can remove the tree from the solution and use it as a decoration.