Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum

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Florida Maple


Also known as Acer barbatum, Acer floridanum

Plant Specifics

Size:25-50 (85) ft tall by 10-45 ft wide.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
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
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH: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

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


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.
General Comments:Slow growing; hard, strong wood. This tree has an erect form with a single trunk and a spreading crown.