Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum

Florida maple


Synonyms:  Acer barbatum, Acer floridanum

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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 25-50 (85) ft    Width: 10-45 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Fall color


Recommended Uses: Specimen or shade tree. Understory tree in mesic woods and on slopes.
Considerations: None.
Propagation: Seed. Warm moist stratification followed by some cold is said to improve germination.
Availability: FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable


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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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


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.