The Q&A Archives: Maple Trees

Question: Can maple trees be grown in southern Florida? Will they loose their foliage in the winter months like they did in my home state of Ohio?

Answer: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) will not do well in your area. However, Drummond Red Maple (Acer rubrum var. drummondii) is native from Texas to Florida. It makes a nice tree and gives some fall color (though not what you get with the crisp, fall nights in the midwest) prior to winter leaf drop. In spring the tree turns a beautiful red as the bright red v-shaped samaras appear.

Check with local nurseries for availability of the Drummond Red Maple. Nurseries specializing in native plants are a good place to start.

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