How to identify a Norway maple tree
How do you identify a Norway maple tree?
Wondering if you are looking at a Norway maple tree? Your clues are their leaves, buds, flowers and seeds. Here’s what they look like at-a-glance:
Norway maple tree facts
Hello! In today’s guide we are going to learn how to identify a Norway maple tree. Are you ready? Let’s get started! Here are a few Norway maple facts:
- Common name: Norway maple
- Latin name: Acer platanoides
- Family: Sapindaceae
Norway maple trees can grow up to 25 meters tall, live for up to 150 years and can be found growing in parks and gardens.
Norway maple leaves
Norway maple leaves are palmate, with 5, toothed, pointy lobes.
Norway maple buds
Their buds are softly pointed and reddish in colour.
Norway maple flowers
The flowers are small, yellowish-green and grow in small, upright clusters.
Norway maple seeds
Norway maple seeds grow in pairs, with each seed having a papery, membranous wing.
Trees similar to Norway maple
Norway maple leaf
Sycamore leaves are smaller, coarser and more rounded that Norway maple leaves and have reddish coloured stems.
Field maple buds look similar to Norway maple, but are browner and flatter than the buds of Norway maple.
The seeds of field maple also look similar to Norway maple, but are larger, rounder, held wider apart and tinged with pink.
Norway maple tree uses
- Bushcraft – Norway maple trees can be tapped to harvest their syrupy sap.
- Dyes – The bark yields a rose-pink dye.
- Wildlife – This tree is a valuable food source and shelter for a variety of caterpillars, bees, birds and small mammals.