Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Acer barbatum/Acer leucoderme

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, and green with white hair or white waxy below. Leaves resemble sugar maple, except the lobes of the Florida maple are more squarish and not as long and pointed. Twigs are reddish-brown. Bark is brown-gray and smooth on young trees but scaly on older trees similar to sugar maple. Fruit is a double samara. Form is up to 18 m (60 ft) in height. Florida maple is found on a variety of sites in the understory in the southern U.S. and is tolerant of shade. Chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) is distinguished from Florida maple by leaves with more pointed tips that are yellow-green on the underside.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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