Black vs. Sugar maple
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?