Acer platanoidesAcer platanoides

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Acer platanoides
  • PRONUNCIATION: A-ser plat-an-OY-dez
  • COMMON NAME: Norway Maple
  • FAMILY: Aceraceae
  • NATIVITY: Europe and west Asia
  • GROWTH HABIT: Dense, broadly oval to rounded; 40' x 50' (90') tall. Medium growth rate.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 3-7
  • CULTURE: Full sun to light shade, any well-drained soil.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Easily transplanted, resists drought and air pollution, adaptable to pH. Dense shade beneath canopy and shallow roots can be detrimental. Overused in landscape. Seedings come up everywhere.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite, simple, 4"-7" long, 5 sharply pointed lobes. Leaves generally broader than long. Flower is greenish yellow in April. Fall color may be fair yellow in late autumn.
  • BUDS: Ovoid, 1/8" long. Terminal flower bud up to 3/8" long.
  • BARK: Black, ridged and furrowed with age; twigs are orange-brown.
  • FRUIT: Samara 1 ½" - 2" long. Wings divergent at nearly 180o.
  • PESTS: Verticillium.
    • 'Columnare' - Plant form a wide column 60' tall.
    • 'Crimson King' - Leaves maroon during the growing season.
    • 'Drummondii' - Light-green leaves with a white margin. Tend to revert to all green.
    • 'Schwedleri' - Purple-red spring foliage turns dark green in early summer.


University of Delaware

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