Chalk Maple - photo by UGA Herbarium
Common Name: Chalk
Species: Acer leucoderme
The Chalk Maple is a small tree often with multiple stems,
occasionally reching 40' in height and 8-10" diameter. It is closely
related to Sugar Maple, but the leaves are smaller, 2-3.5" across,
ussually pale yellow-green with varying degrees of pubescence underneath.
The bark is smooth and light gray to chalky-white on the upper-trunk, but
becomes furrowed and turns dark brown almost black near the ground on
older trees (Brown, C.L. and Kirkman, K.L.).
The Chalk Maple is generally found on rocky river banks, woods and
cliffs. It is very common on the inner edge of the Coastal Plain and
Peidmont regions of Georgia. The Chalk maple is also common in LA., Ark.,
March- April; May -Sept. Rocky woods; chiefly piedmont[Va., Ga., Fla.,
Ala., Tenn.] (Radford, Albert E. and Ashles, Harry E.)
How to Encounter:
Young trees up to a few inches in diameter remain gray
and smooth and are difficult to distinguish from other
maples. The Chalk maple has more pointed lobe tips, with the
lobes narrower at the apex than at the base. Chalk Maple
occurs in moist ravines and along slopes. In Georgia, it is mostly
the piedmont regions. The Chalk Maple is
common in the "wooded area" at Sam's Farm, Athens, GA.