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Acer barbatum Michx.
Southern sugar maple, Florida maple, Caddo maple, Rock maple
Synonyms: Acer saccharum var. floridanum
USDA Symbol: acba3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small, spreading tree, Florida maple or Southern sugar maple is smaller in all parts but otherwise similar to A. saccharum, the sugar maple of the northeastern U.S. Its fall color is usually yellow and not as vibrant as the northern form. It grows 20-25 ft. tall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Margin:
Lobed Size Notes:
Medium sized tree
to 60 feet, elliptical crown. Leaf:
Green above, paler and fuzzy below. Autumn Foliage:
Small flowers hang from a long (1 to 2 inches) stalk in clusters of a few flowers.
3/4 inch long, mature in mid-summer. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , LA , MO , MS , NC , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Piedmont & Coastal Plain areas of VA to FL, w. to OK & TX Native Habitat:
Stream, river banks USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Rich, moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Southern sugar maple is resistant to wind and ice.
Propagation is possible by seed. Seed Collection:
The winged fruit
of maples is called a samara. Seed is usually not extracted from the samara. Seed Treatment:
For maximum germination, most maple species require a period of warm-moist stratification followed by cool stratification. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2012-10-15
Research By: TWC Staff