A tree with 🌳︎ broadleaves arranged ╫ opposite, blade division=🍁︎ simple, margin=♧ lobed, 3-7 main veins radiating from 🍁︎ one point (✋︎ palmate), sinuses=∪ rounded (U-shaped), base=∪ rounded, width=length.

Very similar to the Sugar Maple Acer saccharum (in the black maple, the leaves are 3-lobed [4+5 are very small], undersurface=­hairy, and the sides droop), some authors consider them to be the same species, others different populations.

Native to much of the range of sugar maple:  very-southern 🇨🇦 Canada, and the 🇺🇸 USA Midwest.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Genus host to caterpillars of 281 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Like the sugar maple, tapped to make great maple syrup.  We assume its wood is also made into hardwood floors and furniture.

Learn more about black maple Acer nigrum

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