How to identify a Norway maple tree

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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 leaf
Norway maple bud
identifying field maple tree flowers
identifying helicopter seeds - norway maple seed

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 leaf

Norway maple leaves

Norway maple leaves are palmate, with 5, toothed, pointy lobes.

Norway maple bud

Norway maple buds

Their buds are softly pointed and reddish in colour.

identifying field maple tree flowers

Norway maple flowers

The flowers are small, yellowish-green and grow in small, upright clusters.

identifying helicopter seeds - norway maple seed

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

Norway maple leaf

sycamore leaf

sycamore leaf

Sycamore

Sycamore leaves are smaller, coarser and more rounded that Norway maple leaves and have reddish coloured stems.

Norway maple bud

Norway maple

field maple buds

Field maple

Field maple

Field maple buds look similar to Norway maple, but are browner and flatter than the buds of Norway maple.

identifying helicopter seeds - norway maple seed

Norway maple

field maple seeds

Field maple

Field 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.

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