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.

picture of Acer saccharinum, image of Acer saccharinum

JK Marlow    jkm110316_993

March    Greenville County    SC

picture of Acer saccharinum, 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.

picture of Acer saccharinum, image of Acer saccharinum

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.

picture of Acer saccharinum, image of Acer saccharinum

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.