Black maple (Acer nigrum)

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species native to Canada


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Latin (scientific) name: Acer nigrum

Common English name: Black maple

Other names: Black sugar maple

French name: Érable noir


Found in Canada in the Great Lakes region in moist floodplains.

Other notes

Black maple is similar to Sugar maple but is capable of growing in moister conditions.

The generic maple species (Acer spp) is Canada’s official arboreal emblem.

Hardiness zone(s)

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b

  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.


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