Photographer: Michael Clayton
Acer nigrum F.Michx.
Acer: the classical Latin name for the maple
nigrum: Latin for "black"
|Plant: ||perennial tree up to 150' tall; juice watery; bark dark, thick, mostly deeply furrowed plates|
|Fruit:||winged, paired fruit; |
|Leaf:||opposite, undivided but 5, or more often, 3 shallow lobes; indentations (sinuses) between main lobes rounded; the edges and tips usually drooping; dark above and lighter below with fine hairs|
|Habitat: ||moist, often along streams|
|Notes: ||very similar to Acer saccharum (hard maple) except for coarser bark and drooping leaf edges|