Acer saccharum var. floridanum

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Taxonomy (1,3)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Aceraceae
Common name: Southern Sugar Maple, Florida Maple
Varieties: floridanum

General Information (1,2,3,4)

Region of Origin: North America
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 50 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Flowering: Early Spring
  • Fruiting: September to October

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2)

  • Arrangement: Opposite
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Other: 1.5-3.5 inches, pubescent

Stem/Bark (2)

  • Color: Light gray
  • Texture: Ridged, plated

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Flower (2,3)

  • Perfect/Imperfect: Perfect
  • Color: Yellowish-green
  • Size: 1/5-1/4 inch
  • Inflorescence type: Corymb

Fruit (3,5)

  • Fruit type: Double-winged samara
  • Size: 1-1.75 inch

Horticultural Information (1,3,4,5)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Moisture: Fairly wet
  • pH: Acidic
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Around buildings
  • Other: Avoid dry, comapcted soil

(Photo by Jessica Bartek)


1) Beck, J. (2013). Plant Files: Southern Sugar Maple. Retrieved from
2) Cook, W. (2009). Southern Sugar Maple (Acer floridanum).Retrieved from
3) Dirr, M. (1998). Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign,IL: Stipes Publishing.
4) Evans, E. (2012). Acer barbatum (Acer saccharum spp. floridanum). Retrieved from
5) Southern Sugar Maple, Florida Maple. (2013). Retrieved from

Prepared by Brittany Mixon as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek