Florida may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think about maple trees, but in fact, there are two kinds of maple trees that can be found here: red maple, and the Florida Maple - Acer Floridanum
Florida Maple is one of few trees in the state that changes colors during the winter. The large leaves that form its symmetrical crown bloom a faded red color in spring and turn red-bronze in the fall right before the fall off.
It Has a Short Lifespan
A Florida Maple tree can grow up to 60 feet tall and spread 40 feet. It has a rather short lifespan and rarely lives longer than 150 years, reaching maturity at 70 or 80 years.
How Do You Plant It?
The Florida Maple can thrive in a wide range of soil types and textures, even in drier climates. It seems this tree doesn’t really show a preference for a particular climate or soil and can be found in well-drained sites, dry ridges, or even swampy areas.
Because it will grow considerably in size, you should plant it at least at a 15-feet distance from any house or driveway. The roots of the Florida Maple are also quite massive and tend to grow close to the surface area, so it is possible for the roots to protrude. Though they are not as invasive as other species, if you plant them too close to a walkway or driveway, the Florida Maple can slightly disrupt these areas.
Watering may be necessary for the first years, especially if you are dealing with droughts.
A Curious Debate
There is actually a debate going on about whether the Florida Maple is a subspecies of the sugar maple or not. Some biologists believe it is, while others consider it a separate species altogether.
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