Acer saccharum var. schneckii

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  1. Laurie

    Laurie Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Acer saccharum var. schneckii - Washington Park Arboretum, accession 1962.

    Van Gelderen and Van Gelderen, in Maples for Gardens (Timber Press 1999), state that the leaves are five-lobed, "the veins softly pubescent underneath and petioles villous" and that this variety is "[o]nly slightly different from subspecies saccharum." It is native to eleven states in the midwest and east of the United States.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    When VG & VG say "[o]nly slightly different from subspecies saccharum.", does that mean they consider it a subspecies rather than a variety?

    Checking USDA Plants Profile http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/plant_profile.cgi?symbol=ACSAS2 they only accord it varietal status, which seems reasonable given the fully overlapping ranges (i.e., no difference in climatic adaptation etc)
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I read it that they are just pointing out the distinction is minor, without getting into what might be done about it.
     

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