Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Your search found 25 taxa.

Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Box Elder, Ash-leaved Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer negundo var. negundo
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Acer negundo var. negundo
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer negundo 115-01-001

 

Look for it on riverbanks, in swamps, bottomlands, also upslope on calcareous substrates

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mountain Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer spicatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer spicatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer spicatum 115-01-002

 

Look for it in high elevation forests (northern hardwoods or spruce-fir), generally above 1500m in NC, above 1000m in VA, esp common in periglacial boulderfields

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Striped Maple, Moosewood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer pensylvanicum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer pensylvanicum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer pensylvanicum 115-01-003

 

Look for it in dry to mesic forests

Common (rare in SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Red Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer rubrum var. rubrum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer rubrum var. rubrum
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer rubrum 115-01-004

 

Look for it in upland deciduous forests, up to at least 1500m elevation, moist bottomlands and slopes

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Carolina Red Maple, Trident Red Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer rubrum var. trilobum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer rubrum var. trilobum
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer rubrum 115-01-004?

 

Look for it in wetlands, especially peaty, acid sites

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Silver Maple, Soft Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer saccharinum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharinum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharinum 115-01-005

 

Look for it in bottomlands, on riverbanks, and disturbed areas

Uncommon (south of NC, more often an escape from cultivation than a native)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sugar Maple, Hard Maple, Sugar-tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer saccharum var. saccharum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharum var. saccharum
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum 115-01-006a

 

Look for it in cove forests, other rich forests, esp over mafic and calcareous rocks, on calcareous soils common and typical in dry-mesic forests and dry woodlands as well, less typically extending to high elevation northern hardwood forests where sometimes in acidic situations

Common (rare in Piedmont south of VA, where perhaps only introduced)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Sugar Maple, Florida Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer floridanum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer barbatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. floridanum 115-01-006b

 

Look for it in bottomland forests, mesic slopes, esp common over mafic or calcareous rocks, but not at all limited to such situations

Common (rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Chalk Maple, Small Chalk Maple, White-bark Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer leucoderme
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer leucoderme
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. leucoderme 115-01-006c

 

Look for it on rocky slopes and bluffs, particularly over mafic or calcareous rock

Uncommon (rare in Mountains & Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer nigrum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer nigrum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum 115-01-006d

 

Look for it on riverbanks, in streambanks, cove forests, river slope forests

Rare in GA & NC

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Trident Maple
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -
PLANTS National Database: Acer buergerianum

 

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Amur Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer ginnala
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer ginnala

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Japanese Maple
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Acer palmatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer palmatum

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands; it is frequently planted

Waif(s)

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Norway Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer platanoides
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer platanoides

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands, disturbed forests, hedgerows

Rare in our area, a noxious weed tree in much of the northeast US

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Sycamore Maple, Planetree Maple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Acer pseudoplatanus
PLANTS National Database: Acer pseudoplatanus

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands

Widely planted in our area, esp in mtns; northward it is a noxious weed tree

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Painted Buckeye
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus sylvatica
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus sylvatica
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aesculus sylvatica 116-01-001

 

Look for it in the Piedmont in mesic, nutrient-rich forests, on bottomlands, lower slopes, and in ravines, in the Coastal Plain primarily on floodplains of brownwater (alluvium-carrying) rivers (most notably the Roanoke River in NC), in the Mountains only at low elevations

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare Mtns), primarily a SE. Piedmont endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Red Buckeye
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus pavia var. pavia
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus pavia var. pavia
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aesculus pavia 116-01-002

 

Look for it in swamp forests, usually stagnant, usually blackwater (not receiving significant alluvium), and esp over marl (coquina limestone)

Common (uncommon in NC, rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Yellow Buckeye
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus flava
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus flava
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aesculus octandra 116-01-003

 

Look for it in moist forests, up to nearly 2000m, esp prominent in seepy cove forests, in the Piedmont only in "montane" habitats

Common (rare in Piedmont), a broad Southern Appalachian endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Ohio Buckeye, Fetid Buckeye
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus glabra var. glabra
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus glabra var. glabra

 

Look for it in mesic forests over limestone

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bottlebrush Buckeye
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus parviflora
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus parviflora

 

Look for it in mesic forests on bluffs and in ravines (the SC occurrence is on Fall Line river bluffs, with shaley, subcalcareous soils)

Rare

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Horsechestnut
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aesculus hippocastanum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aesculus hippocastanum

 

Look for it in urban and suburban areas; perhaps not definitely naturalized, but fairly often planted and escaping as seedlings

Rare in our area

Non-native: southeast Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Balloonvine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cardiospermum halicacabum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cardiospermum halicacabum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cardiospermum halicacabum 117-01-001

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare

Non-native: Tropical America

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Golden Rain-tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Koelreuteria paniculata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Koelreuteria paniculata
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Koelreuteria paniculata 117-02-001

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, on roadsides

Rare, frequently planted & rarely escaped

Non-native: China

 


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Common Name: Florida Soapberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Sapindus marginatus
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sapindus marginatus 117-03-001

 

Look for it in coastal marsh hammocks, shell middens

Rare

Native to Georgia & possibly South Carolina

 


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camera icon Common Name: Western Soapberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii

 

Native: south & west of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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