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Acer leucoderme [= Acer saccharum ssp. leucoderme]

Chalk Maple

Scientific Name:

Acer leucoderme [= Acer saccharum ssp. leucoderme]

Genus:

Acer

Species Epithet:

leucoderme

Common Name:

Chalk Maple

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 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:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills

Habitat Description:

Rocky slopes and bluffs, particularly over mafic or calcareous rock, on the Gulf Coast in floodplains. Rare in NC mountains, uncommon in 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:

Great fall color.
NatureServe gives Global Rank as G4G5Q.

Chalk Maple is a small (25-30') multi-stemmed understory tree that has wonderful fall color. It is primarily found in dry woods of the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Will Stuart

Leaves of Chalk Maple are smaller than those of other maples. Undersides of leaves are pale green, not glaucous.

Will Stuart

Masses of Chalk Maple produce wonderful fall color in late autumn.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

Vascular Flora of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php [type Acer leucoderme in the Scientific Name box, then click on the Search button]

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



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