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Chalk Maple




White Bark Maple

Acer leucoderme   (A-sir-loo-DER-me)



Height 15 – 30 feet

Spread 10-15 feet

Spacing 10 – 15 feet

HABIT:   Small tree with a rounded top and beautiful foliage and golden and red fall color.  Small, yellow flowers bloom in the spring-usually in April.  The fruit, a winged seed, matures in September and is usually heavy and showy. Foliage appears at the same time that the flowers emerge and has pale hairs, which give a velvety feel to the underside of the leaves.  The mature foliage usually droops.

CULTURE:   Easy to grow in any moist soil but adapts to drier situations.  Needs  very  little fertilizer but does respond to good conditions.

USES:   Small to medium specimen or small area shade tree.

PROBLEMS:   Few problems exist other than environmental stresses. Under the Basic Organic Program, it should be virtually pest-free. Lack of availability in the nursery trade is currently a common problem.

NOTES:   This is one of those well-adapted Texas maples that should be used quite a bit more. At the moment, availability at the nurseries is not great. As more people request the tree, availability will increase.


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