Acer nigrum

Common name: Black Maple

Native plant

Black Maple, a very close cousin to Sugar Maple, is more common as you go farther west through Iowa. The plant appears to be more tolerant of moist sites, and fall color tends to be more yellow than sugar maple. It is very shade-tolerant and, yes, you can make maple syrup from this plant.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
35 Feet
Max height
75 Feet
Max width
60 Feet

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