Welcome to the West GA Chapter
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.
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 305 since December 1, 2017
( Acer leucoderme )
Chalk Maple, taken on October 27, 2012.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
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.
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.