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Audubon® Black Maple
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Black Maple, a Sugar Maple lookalike in many respects (it is a subspecies of Sugar Maple), is a grand forest tree that pleases human and avian visitors alike. People love it for its majestic form and its glowing golden fall color. Birds love it for a host of reasons depending on their species. Flycatchers and vireos nest in the safety of its branches. Finches and grosbeaks feed on its seeds, buds, and flowers. Warblers and tanagers dine on caterpillars they find munching on its leaves. And woodpeckers peck on Black Maple’s soft bark to extract insects hiding inside. It’s a hit with everybody!
May Benefit & Attract: Flycatchers, vireos, finches, grosbeaks, warblers, tanagers, and woodpeckers
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Once classified as its own species, Black Maple is now considered to be a subspecies of Sugar Maple. These two stately forest trees overlap in their natural ranges, with Sugar Maple being more common in the easternmost states and Black Maple more often seen in the Midwest. Because Black Maple is native to drier regions, it is thought to be better adapted to drought-prone areas. Like the famous Sugar Maple, mature Black Maple Trees can also be tapped for syrup-making. Some people even claim that its sap is sweeter than Sugar Maple’s.
Black Maple flowers make a lovely show in April. The delicate chartreuse blossoms dangle from every branch tip and glow in the soft spring sunlight. The flowers are mostly wind-pollinated, but bees do gather the pollen.
How to Grow
Black Maple performs best in cool northern climates; it will be slower-growing in the South. Plant this regal tree in full sun to light shade in rich, well-drained soil and water regularly. A layer of wood or bark mulch will help keep the roots cool and moist. In most cases, Black Maple is not a great tree for the city, but in rural and suburban neighborhoods where the tree can stretch out its roots and isn’t bothered by pollution, it is stellar.
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