Craig's Mill Trail
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Chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) is distinguished from Florida maple by somewhat drooping leaves that are yellow-green and hairy on the underside, and lobes that are more pointed rather than square.

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, and green with white hair or white waxy below. Leaves resemble sugar maple, except the lobes of the Florida maple are not as long and pointed.

Green flowers appear before leaves.

Twigs are reddish-brown. Bark is brown-gray and smooth on young trees but scaly on older trees.

Fruit is a double samara. Florida maple is found on a variety of sites in the understory in the southern US.

Tolerant of shade.





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