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Norway Maple

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Common Name: Norway Maple
Scientific Name: Acer platanoides L.
Origin: Europe and West Asia


The Norway maple is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 90 ft. tall. It was smooth bark, sometimes furrowed and black with age. The leaves are palmate dark-green paired leaves. They have hair-like tips with a broader width than from base to tip. Norway maples flower a bright yellow-green in the spring. Fruits mature into paired wings joined at 180 degree angles.


The Norway maple is a forest tree, but it can endure a wide range of light and soils (clay, sand, alkaline, acidic). It does well in urban environments.


Norway maple form monotypic populations. They establish themselves while displacing native understory vegetation with the dense canopy that creates too much shade.


Stopping the planting of the Norway maple, as well as pulling seedlings and cutting down trees are some management tactics.

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Photo by Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service

Photo by Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service

The Norway maple is found throughout the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. It is present in the FL-PRISM.

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