Black Maple
Acer saccharum subsp. nigrum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: saccharum subsp. nigrum
Synonym:Acer nigrum

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boise, Idaho

Aurora, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Atalissa, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Halifax, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bucyrus, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 24, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

The Black Sugar maple is just as handsome as its Common Sugar Maple brother. Its leaves are 3-lobed rather than 5-lobed and if it is a pure specimen, it has two little stipules on the bottom of the leaf stem (petiole). There are many individuals with the 3-lobes, but no stipules. Some of the new cultivars that are more drought tolerant, grow a little faster, and have red fall color are either Black or partial Black in variety.

Neutral

On Mar 1, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

There are good numbers of it at the Minnesota Arboretum. Can be tough to difference from Sugar Maple - generally but not 100% proof Black Maple only have bright yellow fall color - no red or oranges in it but still very lovely compare to some other yellows.

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer saccharum nigrum BLACK MAPLE Dec (z4) (NAm,Ed)
Boasting "all the fine qualities of the Sugar Maple: it is long-lived, stately, gorgeous in its autumnal coloration"(Peattie) & mid-westerners say !, yields more & better syrup; 3-lobed lvs, velvety beneath. S/M