Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - August 21, 2014

From: Washington, DC
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Trees
Title: Plants associated with Acer rubrum (Red maple)
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What plants are commonly associated with Acer rubrum in its natural habitat?

ANSWER:

U. S. Forest Service Index of Species Information for Acer rubrum (Red maple) describes it as one of the most widely distributed trees in eastern North America.   It ranges from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland westward to Ontario in Canada and south all the way to southern Texas and eastward into Florida.  It is linked with 19 different Kuchler Plant Associations and 60 SAF Cover Types that are listed in the Index of Species Information link above.   Its natural habitat is widespread and varied so in order to answer your question one would need to know where the associated community is.  It may be possible to access the map of the Potential Natural Vegetation of the Conterminous United States (modifed Kuchler) via USGS but I was not successful in doing so using the Kuchler Plant Associations link above.  You might be able to download a copy of Kuchler's article, Potential Natural Vegetation of the Conterminous United States via ResearchGate.

Here is more/easier to read information from the US Forest Service about Acer rubrum and you can see a map of Forest Resources of the United States from NationalAtlas.gov.  You can also read the list of Existing Vegetation References and Codes compiled in February 2014 by the US Forest Service.  The description of the different SAF cover types is given in the following reference:  Forest Cover Types of the United States and Canada.  F. H. Eyres, editor.  1980.  Society of American Foresters.  You might check a nearby library to see if it is available. 

 

More Trees Questions

Drought Resistant Privacy Screen for North Side of Austin Texas House
July 10, 2016 - We live in the densely populated Mueller development, where there's barely 3 feet from our home to the 6 foot high privacy fence between us and the house next door. Since the houses are 2 stories, we ...
view the full question and answer

Identification of spiky red berry in Connecticut
September 25, 2011 - I found an odd berry outside of my school, none of the science teachers know what it is though. It kind of looks like a spiked cherry. It has spikes on the outside, a pit on the insde, and has pinkish...
view the full question and answer

Cottonwood seed clogging air conditioner in Austin
June 06, 2010 - My husband and I recently moved into a rental house that has a very tall cottonwood tree in the backyard. It has been shedding its seeds all over our yard since the beginning of May and seems to still...
view the full question and answer

Looking for Manzanita (Mt. Diablo variety)
April 19, 2009 - Hi, We live in the Alhambra Valley area; in the country between Martinez and Lafayette/Orina. Can you tell me where I can purchase Manzanita, preferably Mt. Diablo variety if possible? I've aske...
view the full question and answer

Possible fungus growing on mountain ash (Sorbus sp. or Fraxinus sp.)
January 20, 2008 - We have a mountain ash with something growing several feet off the ground that looks like duckbills or mushrooms. Can you tell me what is wrong with it. We lost one mountain ash tree to something an...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.