Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious, dioecious, or polygamous

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

Common

Look for it in upland deciduous forests, up to at least 1500m elevation, moist bottomlands and slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
Red (sometimes yellow)
Unisexual or bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Red
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 rubrum var. rubrum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer rubrum var. rubrum   FAMILY Aceraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-004:
Acer rubrum   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Red Maple


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image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acst_001_lvd

        

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0502b_20

February    Greenville County    SC

Flowers appear before the leaves in dense axillary clusters, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Maple species

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0303t_06

March    Pickens County    GA

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0403n_02

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0403p_28

March    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

The Red Maples provide a hint of red in the early-Spring grey treeline

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm160311_133

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm160311_134

March    Greenville County    SC

Perianth usually red, 1-3mm long. Anthers 1.5-2mm long, filaments erect, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0204j_20

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s040404_d

April    Greenville County    SC

Fruit is the familiar double samara, with wings 3/4" long, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0305h_32

May    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm160527_012

May    Greenville County    SC

Leaves lightened below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

Keith Bradley    kab_acer_rubrum_75327

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Krome Bird Refuge

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_rubrum_rubrum_11

August        

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_rubrum_rubrum_5

August        

Mature leaves glabrous to densely pubescent (but not white-tomentose) beneath, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_rubrum_rubrum_8

August        

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s041023_b

October    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Leaf base generally cordate (rarely rounded), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s041027_a

October    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s041027_c

October    Henderson County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Leaves (3)5(9)-lobed, the central lobe 4-8cm long, upper 2 lateral lobes 2-5cm, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s041027_g

October    Henderson County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Sinuses are V-shaped, varying in size, irregularly serrate, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Mapleleaf Viburnum and Maple species

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0211g_02a

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0411h_31

November    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Leaves of Red Maple; trunks of Tulip Poplar

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    jkm0511c_09

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_rubrum_rubrum_2

November        

image of Acer rubrum var. rubrum

JK Marlow    s011111_mr

November    Greenville County    SC