Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Polygamous

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

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

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 where sometimes in acidic situations, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-yellow
Unisexual and bisexual on the same tree
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
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 saccharum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer saccharum var. saccharum   FAMILY Aceraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-006a:
Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sugar Maple, Hard Maple, Sugar Tree