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Acer nigrum

Black maple

Aceraceae (Maple Family)

Acer nigrum (Black maple)
Makin, Julie
A tree 75-120 ft. tall with a straight central trunk in the forest and a widely spreading branch system in the open. Very similar in all characteristics to sugar maple. Yellow to orange-red fall foliage.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Palmate
Leaf Pubescence: Tomentose
Leaf Margin: Lobed
Size Notes: Medium to tall tree, up to 100ft.
Leaf: Green
Autumn Foliage: yes
Flower: Flowers small
Fruit: Green, Brown Two-winged horseshoe-shaped samaras about 1in long, appearing in clusters.
Size Class: More than 100 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers appear with the leaves.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , MD , MA , MI , MN , MO , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , SD , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: NS , ON , QC
Native Distribution: NH to s. Ont., MI & s.e. MN, s. to n.e. NJ, PA, MO & extreme n. AR; also NC & TN mts.
Native Habitat: Bottomlands; drier, calcareous sites; woods

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry to moist, often calcareous soils.

Last Update: 2014-03-26