Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in Mountains & Coastal Plain)

Look for it on rocky slopes and bluffs, particularly over mafic or calcareous rock, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-yellow
Unisexual ?
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Spring/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 leucoderme   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer leucoderme   FAMILY Aceraceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Chalk Maple, Small Chalk Maple, White-bark Maple


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image of Acer leucoderme

Alan Cressler    alc_8662864657_640f3ca947

April    Aiken County    SC

image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    jkm070407_059

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Leaves variably pubescent beneath, but not glaucous (unlike A. barbatum), per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    jkm130406_941

April    Aiken County    SC

Flowers in terminal corymbs, pedicels filiform; calyx tube campanulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    jkm0405r_36

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Wofford College

image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    s060506_c

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Lobes narrower at the tip than at the base, tips pointed (even acuminate), per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_leucoderme_3

June        

The familiar paired samara are up to 1" long with widely spreading wings, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_leucoderme_4

July        

The bark on old trees can be completely black as if charred by fire, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_leucoderme_5

July        

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Ron Lance    rwl_acerleucoderme

September    McCormick County    SC

The rarest and smallest of the maples found in the South, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    jkm0511b_06

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_leucoderme_sfp_1

November        

"leuco" (white) + "derme" (skin) - refers to the white bark of young trees, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_leucoderme_sfp_4

November        

Bark often pale brown to whitish, except on old trunks, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Acer leucoderme

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_leucoderme_2

November        

image of Acer leucoderme

JK Marlow    s051106_d

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden