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Acer floridanum [= Acer barbatum, Acer saccharum ssp. floridanum]

Southern Sugar Maple, Florida Maple

Scientific Name:

Acer floridanum [= Acer barbatum, Acer saccharum ssp. floridanum]

Genus:

Acer

Species Epithet:

floridanum

Common Name:

Southern Sugar Maple, Florida Maple

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, mesic slopes, especially common over mafic or calcareous rocks, but not at all limited to such situations. Common in NC mountains and piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure, G_Q: Questionable Taxonomy (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

More heat tolerant than Northern Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum).
NatureServe gives a Global Rank of G4G5Q.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/acer-saccharum-subsp-floridanum/

Vascular Flora of North Carolina: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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