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Acer platanoides (Norway Maple)

Norway Maple, Plane-Leaved Maple


Noted for its spectacular fall color, Acer platanoides (Norway Maple) is a large, deciduous tree with a slender trunk and a dense rounded crown. Its foliage of sharply pointed five-lobed leaves, 7 in. (17 cm) ranges from medium to dark green in summer, and changes to a brilliant palette of yellows, oranges, and browns in the fall. In spring, scented yellow flowers, borne in showy clusters appear before the leaves and are followed by two-winged samara. Long-lived (60 to 200 years) and fast-growing, Norway Maple also provides some winter interest, with its attractive, grayish bark, regularly and shallowly grooved. Excellent shade tree or as a specimen. In some areas, Norway Maple has become invasive, with seedlings overtaking native woodlands.

  • Grows up to 40-50 ft. tall (12-15 m) and 30-50 ft. wide (9-15 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of heat, drought and of a wide range of soils.
  • Low maintenance, this tree needs little pruning.
  • May be affected by scale insects, aphids, verticillium wilt.
  • Roots are often shallow and reach the surface at an early age. They can heave sidewalks (plant the tree at least 4-6 ft. away (120-180 cm). Plant in an area where grass below it will not need to be mowed.
  • Propagate by seed and by grafting.
  • Native from northeastern Europe to Caucasus.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Acer - Maples
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 50' (9m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Acer - Maples
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 50' (9m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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