Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales
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You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read more about Sugar Maple at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 115-01-006a:
Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum FAMILY Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sugar Maple, Hard Maple, Sugar-tree
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JK Marlow jkm120517_976
May Yancey County NC
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blades 3-5" long, sinuses globose, lobe margins entire or wavy, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007).
COMPARE leaves of Black, Chalk, Florida, Norway and Sugar Maple
JK Marlow jkm111008_842
October Jackson County NC
Balsam Mountain Preserve
With age, bark becomes furrowed into rigid scaly plates or rough ridges, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance).
JK Marlow s051107_a
November Greenville County SC
Autumn foliage bright red, orange, or yellow, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007).
JK Marlow s051107_b
November Greenville County SC
You're likely to encounter this in residential or commercial plantings, per The Native Maples of Georgia (Ware, 2003).
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: cove forests, other rich forests, especially 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 (as in Highlands County, VA), in parts of the Piedmont perhaps more common as an introduction by ornamental planting than as a native, at least south of VA, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common (rare in Piedmont south of VA, where perhaps only introduced)
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5-lobed campanulate calyx
Unisexual and bisexual on the same tree
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee (Hunter, 2002) p273
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America (Williams, 2007) p268
- Landscaping with Native Trees (Sternberg & Wilson, 1995) p043
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p060
- The Sibley Guide to Trees (Sibley, 2009) p338
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p091
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance) p14
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont (Spira, 2011) p222
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p048
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