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Comparison of Features of Maples (Acer spp.)

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Key to southeastern U.S. Acer (maple) species
Aceraceae family characteristics

Name Habitat Leaf Leaf margin /
lower surface
Fruit Twig / buds Bark

Acer negundo

box elder

moist soils, streambanks

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Acer nigrum black maple moist riverbottoms
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Acer pensylvanicum

striped maple

low elevation mountain forests
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Acer platanoides

Norway maple

planted in urban areas
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Acer rubrum

red maple

swamps, moist soils

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Acer saccharinum silver maple moist soils, riverbanks

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Acer saccharum sugar maple wide variety of habitats
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Acer spicatum mountain maple high elevation  mountain forests
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