Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Uncommon (rare in GA)

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, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals

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 spicatum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer spicatum   FAMILY Aceraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-002:
Acer spicatum   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Maple


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image of Acer spicatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acsp2_001_lvd

        

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    jkm0305q_15

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers in terminal erect racemes or panicles, appearing after the leaves, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    s060520_b

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    jkm090610_017

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Male and female flowers in separate upright clusters [these staminate], per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Acer spicatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_spicatum_1

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

Secondary & tertiary veins impressed on upper surface, distinctly raised below, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Acer spicatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_spicatum_6

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

Bark brownish, scaly or thinly furrowed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    jkm0511a_29

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    s051106_a

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves coarsely serrate (2-3 teeth per cm), per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Mountain Maple and Striped Maple

image of Acer spicatum

JK Marlow    s051106_b

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden