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Flowering and Fruiting- Florida maple is  polygamo-dioecious. Flowers are small and are borne on long,  puberulent pedicels in yellowish-green corymbs (12). They  appear as small clusters at the ends of branches and mature in  the early spring, before or with the leaves (3,13), usually  in late March and April, about 2 weeks before sugar maple in the  same vicinity.

    The fruit is a winged, green to reddish, double samara, smaller  than that of sugar maple, and matures in early summer. There are  no seed test records for Florida maple on file at the National  Tree Seed Laboratory at Macon, GA (5).

    Seed Production and Dissemination- Florida maple has not  been managed as a commercial timber species and no published  reports of seed production, dissemination, or experience in  forest or nursery regeneration are available. The method of  propagating Florida maple from seed is similar to that for sugar  maple (12). Germination is epigeal (10). Reproduction  of Florida maple has been described as erratic and scattered,  occurring singly and in small groups (9).

    Seedling Development- No information available.

    Vegetative Reproduction- No information available.

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Earle R Jones, Jr.

Source: Silvics of North America

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