Acer nigrum - Black Maple. photo by UGA
size=+1> Marsh M. Duncan
Species: Acer nigrum
The Black Maple is often mistaken for the Sugar
Maple. Some have considered the Black Maple a variety of the Sugar
Maple. It is a medium sized tree, up to 80' tall and up to 2-3' in
diameter. The leaves of the Black Maple, although similar to the Sugar
Maple, often have two stipules at the base of the petiole, the margins are
more wavy and the leaf hangs more droopily from the twig. The
characteristic bark is black and more deeply furrowed than the Sugar
Maple (Brown C.L. and Kirkman, K).
Although the Black Maple has been identified in the northern most
tips of Georgia, it is more prevalent in Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
It is also
common in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan.
The Black Maple is generally found in deep rich woods,
and is considered very rare.
May-June; June-Sept. Rich woods, very rare; Ashe, Madison, Swain,
Yancy Cos.,N.C.[Va., Tenn., Ky.](Radford, Albert E. and Ashles, Harry E.)
The Black Maple is often confused with the Sugar Maple. Althought the
leaves are yellowish-green underneath and more than 9cm long.
It has been documented in Dade County, Georgia.