Acer saccharinum L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 2
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Acer saccharinum freshly opened L. Wallis freshly opened

Swamps (including floodplains), river banks, lake shores (where samaras may wash up and germinate in dense rows); also sometimes in moist hardwoods, as well as in fencerows along roadsides.

Often planted as a shade tree, for which “cut-leaf” cultivars, the leaves more deeply lobed than usual, are popular. Sometimes apparently hybridizes with red maple (A. ×freemanii A. E. Murray), with resultant intermediate samara size and leaf shape. Leaves of both species are whitened beneath, and the wood of both is called “soft maple” in commerce.


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MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. July 7, 2022.