Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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

Your search found 15 taxa in the family Aceraceae, Maple family, as understood by Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Acer negundo var. negundo   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer negundo 115-01-001   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer spicatum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer spicatum 115-01-002   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer pensylvanicum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer pensylvanicum 115-01-003   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer rubrum var. rubrum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer rubrum 115-01-004   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer rubrum var. trilobum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer rubrum 115-01-004?   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharinum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharinum 115-01-005   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer saccharum var. saccharum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum 115-01-006a   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer barbatum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. floridanum 115-01-006b   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer leucoderme   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. leucoderme 115-01-006c   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer nigrum   FAMILY: Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum 115-01-006d   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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) -   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
PLANTS National Database: Acer buergerianum   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

Non-native: China

 


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

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer palmatum   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Acer platanoides   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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   FAMILY: Sapindaceae
PLANTS National Database: Acer pseudoplatanus   FAMILY: Aceraceae

 

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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