Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum

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Florida Maple


Also known as Acer barbatum, Acer floridanum

Plant Specifics

Size:To about 25  ft tall.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen by fall. Fall color is yellow to salmon.
Noted for:Fall color


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree. Understory tree in mesic woods and on slopes.  Similar to sugar maple, but much smaller.
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.

Seeds predominatly eaten by squirrels and other rodents. 


Attracts  bees but may also be self-fertile.

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


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