Photos

Norway Maple - Acer platanoides
Family - Sapindaceae

Norway maple is a non-native deciduous UK species that is native to eastern and central Europe and western Asia, growing to 20-30M (65-98ft) tall on a trunk up to 1.5M (5ft) in diameter, bark is a shallow grooved grey-brown, its wood is a hard, yellowish-white used for furniture and turnery and reputedly for Stradivarius violins, it has poor resistance to rotting.  Opposite, palmately lobed leaves of five lobes (the tips of which are finely hairy), 7-14cm (3-5.5in) long and 8-20cm or 3-8in across, each lobe with 1-3 teeth and an otherwise smooth margin, on a petiole of the same length.  Yellow flowers pollinated by insects, are 3-4mm (0.1-1.15in) long with five petals and five sepals in corymbs of 15-30, occur in early spring before the new leaves emerge, mature to a winged samara of two seeds aligned at 180º.

Widely planted as a street and shade tree becoming popular due to the large-scale loss of American elms from Dutch elm disease.  Norway Maple tends to produce leaves earlier and hold them longer in autumn and heavy seed crops and high germination rate contributes to its invasiveness, it is regarded as an introduced species in some areas especially North America that can successfully invade and colonize a virgin forest.  Many cultivars have been derived for distinctive leaf shapes and colorations with dark purple, variegated, weeping and pale green forms available.

Frequently confused with Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum which has clear sap in the petiole whereas Norway Maple has white sap.  Also confused with Field Maple - Acer campestre and Sycamore - Acer pseudoplatanus with Samara at 90º with those of Field Maple being wider than either of these.

Norway Maple - Acer platanoides, click for a larger image, photo licensed for reuse
Photo ©2006 Martin Bobka
Norway Maple - Acer platanoides, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse NCSA3.0
Photo ©2016 Zoya Akulova
Norway Maple - Acer platanoides, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse NCSA3.0
Photo ©2016 Zoya Akulova
Norway Maple - Acer platanoides, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse NCSA3.0
Photo ©2016 Zoya Akulova
Click any photo for a larger image

Close window


Site design ©1999- Brickfields Country Park - Privacy -