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Acer leucoderme

Chalk maple, Whitebark maple

Aceraceae (Maple Family)

Acer leucoderme (Chalk maple)
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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , DC
Native Distribution: NC to n. FL, w. to e. OK & TX
Native Habitat: Rocky woods; river bluffs; ravines

Growing Conditions

Water 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.


Use Ornamental: This rare tree is sometimes planted as a shade tree in the Southeast. Fall conspicuous, Understory tree.
Interesting Foliage: yes

Last Update: 2015-11-13