Southwestern Sugar Maple
MAPLE, SOUTHERN SUGAR Florida Maple
Acer barbatum (A-sir bar-BAY-tum)
Deciduous Sun Height 30 - 80 feet Spread 30 - 60 feet Spacing 25-30 feet
HABIT: Beautiful upright growing tree with fall leaf color that ranges from scarlet and crimson to orange and old-gold. It is smaller and more heat tolerant than true sugar maple (A. saccharum var. saccharum) but does well from Dallas to Houston. Size depends on health and depth of soil.
CULTURE: Tolerates most soils, wet and dry weather conditions, high winds and other environmental stresses. Does best in healthy well-drained soils. Likes some afternoon shade.
USES: Interesting shade tree with striking fall color - sometimes.
PROBLEMS: It is very sensitive to spray drift of 2, 4-D and other toxic herbicides as are most trees.
NOTES: A good maple to try.