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Acer nigrum

Black Maple

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Black Maple is a medium-tall deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Impressive fall foliage offers brilliant yellow and orange colors. The leaf...

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Description:

Black Maple is a medium-tall deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Impressive fall foliage offers brilliant yellow and orange colors. The leaf and stem structure of this maple species are differentiated from other species by their wider, drooping leaves, waxy coating on twigs, and longer leaf stalks. Small, yellow-green male and female flower clusters bloom separately on the same tree March-April. Flowers are followed by maple fruits (double-winged samaras). This wildlife-friendly tree provides nectar for bees and flower buds and seeds for birds. Use as a shade tree or street tree. Black Maple may be difficult to find commercially. Tell your local garden center or nursery about your interest in this tree.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Tree

New Jersey Native: Yes

Deer Resistance: None

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Ridge & Valley - RV, Piedmont - P, Highland - H

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Clay

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline, Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 60 - 75 ft

Spread: 40 - 50 ft

Growth Rate: Slow