With its attractive yellow or orange fall leaf color, Florida maple is ideal for use as an ornamental or shade tree. While smaller and less showy than the related northern sugar maple, it's better suited to Florida, due to its higher heat tolerance.
The Florida maple can reach 60 feet in height, but is more often seen at heights of 20 to 30 feet. This maple provides beautiful fall colors in muted yellows and oranges, and older trees have very attractive ribbed gray bark.
Plant your Florida maple in full or part sun. It’ll do well in a variety of soils and is tolerant of short drought periods. Irrigation can help your tree pull through extended drought.
The roots are often shallow, so this tree should be planted where a mower will not damage them and people will not trip over them.
- Acer barbatum: Florida Maple
- Acer barbatum (saccharum) var. caddo: Caddo Florida Maple
- Native Trees for North Florida