Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious or dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

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

Look for it in bottomlands, on riverbanks, and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-yellow/ Red
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Acer saccharinum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer saccharinum   FAMILY Aceraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-005:
Acer saccharinum   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Silver Maple, Soft Maple


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acsa2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm110316_989

March    Greenville County    SC

Samara wing is coarse, 3-5.5cm long; body is thick, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Acer saccharinum

JK Marlow    jkm110316_993

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Acer saccharinum

JK Marlow    jkm110316_994

March    Greenville County    SC

At 1.75", the largest wings of any native maple, per The Sibley Guide to Trees.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_saccharinum_8

March    Floyd County    GA

Coosa River Nature Center

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JK Marlow    jkm0504c_17

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405r_33

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    s040517_d

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Sinuses V-shaped; margins irregularly double-toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    s040517_e

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Silvery undersides of the leaves are obvious in windy conditions, per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_saccharinum_3

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_saccharinum

August        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_saccharinum_5

August        

Leaves slightly larger than Red Maple, deeply 5-lobed and long-pointed, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

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JK Marlow    s041204_a

December    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

The middle lobe of most leaves narrows towards its base, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    s041204_b

December    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Fall color usually a pale chalky yellow, per The Sibley Guide to Trees.