Chalk Maple
Acer leucoderme (Small)
Aceraceae (Maple) Family

Chalk Maple is also know as Chalk-bark Maple and White-bark Maple.

The plant is a small tree with rounded crown of slender branches and distinctly whitish bark. The trunk rarely exceeds 1 foot in diameter, or a height of more than 30 feet. Its preferred habitat is moist soils of streams and rocky riverbanks. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite on the twig and about as long as wide. The form is palm-like, divided into 3 or 5 blunt or long pointed lobes. The leaf edges are wavy or coarsely toothed. Five main veins extend from the base, long stalked. The color is green, hairless above, yellow-green with soft hairs beneath, turning red in autumn.

The flowers are long, with bell-shaped 5-lobed yellow calyx, in drooping clusters on long slender stalks. Male and female flowers usually appear on separate trees, in early spring.

Fruit is about 1/4 inch long, including long wings that are widely paired with forking keys, maturing the autumn.

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