Black vs. Sugar maple

Sarah80November 19, 2012

I've seen a lot of references to Black maple as either a seperate species, or a subspecies of Sugar Maple.

So I got to thinking...should black maple be used more, and perhaps some cultivars selected? It seems the fall color on black maples is more yellow (albeit a nice yellow) than the orange to orange-red with yellow mix of the Sugars...but also seems "tougher".

Does black maple do better in hard, neutral to slightly alkaline soils than does the Sugar maple?

Are there cultivars of black maple available in the nursery trade?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, usually you would use black maple only if your conditions are not suitable for sugar maple, as sugar maple tends to be more exciting. But there are cultivars said to be sugar maple that are also promoted as being more tough than usual.

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