Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum
Synonyms: Acer barbatum, Acer floridanum
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 25-50 (85) ft Width: 10-45 ft
Flower Color: green,NA
Fruit Color: brown
Noted for: Fall color
Recommended Uses: Specimen or shade tree. Understory tree in mesic woods and on slopes.
Propagation: Seed. Warm moist stratification followed by some cold is said to improve germination.
Availability: FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable
Birds, bats and small mammals use as habitat and some species eat the seeds. Attracts native bees and other pollinators.
Native Habitats: Moist to moderately dry hammocks of north to north-central Florida.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Has been used as a source of sap for sugar making. As it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, it is not typically grown for this use in Florida. Maple wood has been highly prized for furniture.
Other Comments: Slow growing; hard, strong wood. This tree has an erect form with a single trunk and a spreading crown.