Florida maple Aceraceae Acer
floridanum (Chapm.) Pax symbol: ACFL
Leaf: Opposite, simple, orbicular in shape, 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in length and width, entire margin with 3 or 5 somewhat rounded lobes, green above, paler and often fuzzy below.
Flower: Yellow-green, small, hanging from a long (1 to 2 inches) stalk in clusters of a few flowers, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: Samara, about 3/4 inch long, spreading at about 65 degrees (wider than sugar maple), mature in the mid-summer.
Twig: Slender and shiny, reddish brown, terminal buds sharp pointed, brown and fuzzy.
Bark: Light gray, with thick irregular curling ridges, becoming plated.
Form: Medium sized tree to 60 feet, elliptical crown.
Looks like: sugar maple - Norway maple - red maple - black maple
Additional Range Information: Acer floridanum is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Florida maple.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS Silvics of North America - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson