Tree Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Acer platanoides
Norway Maple
Aceraceae (Maple Family)

A shade tree with a rounded crown of dense foliage and with milky sap in leafstalks, growing to a height of 18 m and a diameter of 0.6 m.


Norway Maple Distinguishing Features - Leaves: opposite; 10 - 18 cm long; palmately five-lobed; the shallow lobes and edges with scattered long teeth; 5 or 7 main veins from notched base; dull green with sunken veins above, paler and hairless beneath; turning bright yellow in autumn. Long slender leafstalk, with milky sap at end when broken off. Bark: gray or brown; becoming rough and furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs: brown, hairless. Flowers: 8 mm wide; with 5 greenish-yellow petals; in upright or spreading clusters; usually male and female on separate trees; in early spring before leaves. Fruit: 4 - 5 cm long; paired keys with long wing and flattened body; spreading widely, light brown, hanging on long stalk; maturing in summer.


Native across Europe from Norway, through Scandinavia, to Caucasus; widely planted across the United States and Canada; in humid temperate regions.


The species Latin name, meaning "like Platanus," indicates the similarity of the leaves to those of Sycamore and Planetree, to which it is not related.

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