Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2189

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare in GA & NC

Look for it on riverbanks, in streambanks, cove forests, river slope forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-yellow
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Acer nigrum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer nigrum   FAMILY Aceraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-006d:
Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Black Maple


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image of Acer nigrum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acni5_001_lvd

        

image of Acer nigrum

JK Marlow    jkm090404_049

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

image of Acer nigrum

JK Marlow    jkm120506_562

May    Rabun County    GA

In cultivation

Fruits mature in autumn, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Acer nigrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_nigrum

May        

The species name "nigrum" means black, probably referring to the bark, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer nigrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_nigrum_11

May        

Leaf lower surfaces densely pubescent, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer nigrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_nigrum_12

May        

image of Acer nigrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_nigrum_2

May        

Leaves mostly 3-lobed, rarely 5, with drooping edges (as if wilted), per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer nigrum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_nigrum_4

May        

Basal lobes smaller than Sugar Maple's, and sinuses comparatively shallow, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).

image of Acer nigrum

Ron Lance    rwl2189_a

August        

Usually a prominent stipule at petiole base (vs. not in A. saccharum), per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).


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