Welcome to the West GA Chapter
of the Georgia Native Plant Society.
The chapter was formed by a group of native plant enthusiasts, in September 2008, to serve the people in the western counties of the North Georgia piedmont.
We promote the use of native plants in home, commercial and community landscapes.
We rescue plants in danger of destruction by development, working with property owners and developers to relocate the native plants in an organized and safe manner.
We promote the restoration of native habitat and provide educational information about restoration to the public.
We discourage the use of non-native, invasive plant species.
You are invited to join us at our meetings, which are open to the public, and are held in the Carrollton Ag Center. Check out the Meetings & Activities page (link in the navigation bar, to the left) for meeting dates and to learn about other activities.
Please Note: Due to GPS issues, regarding the location of the Ag Center, please check the above link for accurate directions.
You are Visitor 117 since October 1, 2017
Chalk Maple, taken on October 27, 2012.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
Acer leucoderme can do well in the home landscape.
If you are searching for a small tree with great autumn color that can tolerate shade, you might consider Chalk Maple, Acer leucoderme. This is a small tree rising 25 ft. with a single trunk but often has 2-3 trunks. The common name, Chalk Maple, describes the smooth chalky white or light gray bark of new growth on mature trees. (Leucoderme means white skin.) The bark becomes ridged and blackish at the base as the bark ages. Though its stature is smaller than the Northern sugar maple Acer saccharum, Acer leucoderme is still a great shade tree (often spreading as wide as it is tall) for summer with its heavy foliage and low branches. Growing quite anonymously most of the year, in fall, this tree takes center stage as the dark green leaves adopt hues of yellow, orange, and deep red.
Chalk Maple is a deciduous tree but the leaves often remain through winter. By early April all leaves have dropped and spring buds are visible.
Found natively on well-drained, rocky soils, and although uncommon in most southeastern states, Acer leucoderme are abundant in Georgia and Alabama growing as an understory tree in moist, rocky soils on river banks, ravines, woods, and cliffs. In addition to being shade-tolerant, Acer leucoderme tolerates dry soil but requires supplemental moisture if grown in more sun.
Common uses for this plant include: Autumn color for a landscape that can not support a large tree; tolerates shade and drier conditions once established. Makes a great understory colorful fall tree or can be a specimen tree in more sun if given supplemental water as it establishes. Good shade tree in summer.