Native to the northeast and upper midwest of the United States the black maple is very similar to sugar maple with only a few differences. The leaf of the black maple is typically larger with only 3 lobes where the sugar maple has 5. Also, the black maple has a wilty look to it the sugar does not. The other main difference is in the twig. The black maple has a mottled twig that is often thicker than the brown twig of the sugar maple. Like the sugar maple the black maple can be tapped for sap with success.