Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Acer leucoderme

Common Name: Chalk Maple
Zone: 5-9
Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Family: Aceraceae (Maple)
Texas Native: Yes
Height: 25-35’
Bloom: NA
Fall Foliage: Orange to red
Water: Medium, well drained soil
Maintenance: Little to none
Propagation: Stratified seed

This southern treasure is native from East Texas to North Carolina. It is essentially a small version of our native southern sugar maple. However, instead of having characteristic gold fall color, the chalk maple sports hues of orange and red, more like a red maple. It also has green backed leaves instead of white. The undersides of chalk maple leaves are covered with what I call “micro-velvet” and are distinguishing to the touch. It is only native in a few East Texas counties but should be planted in all of them. It’s one of my favorite trees on the planet! You can mail order them from Nurseries Caroliniana ( or Woodlanders ( Order another one for me while you’re at it.
Greg Grant, SFA Gardens