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black maple

a tree, Acer saccharum nigrum, of eastern and central North America, having furrowed, blackish bark and yellow-green flowers.
Origin of black maple
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The black maple is the sugar maple of South Dakota and Iowa.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • That silence seemed to ooze out of the ground, to hang under the foliage of the black maple trees with the bats and shadows.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Whirled down the sky like black maple leaves caught up aloft, came two more crows.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Frequently almost pure stands of sugar maple may be found with the black maple absent.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • Those who distinguish the two species agree that the black maple is the more desirable tree for shade tree planting.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

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