Aceraceae (Maple Family)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
A southern variation of sugar maple, chalk maple grows to 25 ft. and usually has 2-3 trunks. Its attractive, mature bark
is chalky-surfaced. The significant landscape feature of this tree
is its brilliant fall foliage. The leaves are smaller than those of Northern sugar maple (Acer saccharum
), but the colors are just as bright. Small tree
with rounded crown of slender branches and with distinctly whitish bark. Both the common name and the scientific name, meaning white skin, describe the smooth bark.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
, DC Native Distribution: NC
to n. FL,
w. to e. OK
& TX Native Habitat:
Rocky woods; river bluffs; ravines
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, rocky soils, Sandy, Sandy Loam.
Conditions Comments: Chalk maple displays good dry-soil tolerance, although it needs moisture if grown in brighter sites.
This rare tree
is sometimes planted as a shade tree
in the Southeast. Fall conspicuous, Understory tree. Interesting Foliage: