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Taxon: Acer saccharum Marshall subsp. nigrum (F. Michx.) Desmarais

Genus: Acer section: Acer series: Saccharodendron
Family: Sapindaceae subfamily: Hippocastanoideae tribe: Acereae. Also placed in: Aceraceae
Nomen number: 314801
Place of publication: Brittonia 7:382. 1952
Name verified on: 07-Jul-1997 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 26-Mar-1999
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA).
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System.

See other conspecific taxa:

Common names:

  • black maple   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • black sugar maple   (Source: Trees US [as A. nigrum]) – English
  • rock maple   (Source: Trees US [as A. nigrum]) – English
  • svartlönn   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Maples)
  • Environmental: shade/shelter   (fide AH 519, as A. nigrum)
  • Human food: sugar   (for making maple syrup fide Maples; Food Feed Crops US)
  • Materials: wood   (fide AH 519, as A. nigrum)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario [s.], Quebec [s.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan [s.], New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas [n.e.], Minnesota [s.], Missouri, Wisconsin
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Arkansas [n.w.], Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina [w.], Tennessee, Virginia

  • also cultivated



Check other web resources for Acer saccharum Marshall subsp. nigrum (F. Michx.) Desmarais:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Acer saccharum subsp. nigrum cultivars


  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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