Norway Maple
Family: Aceraceae (Other Members of Aceraceae)

Genus and Species: Acer platanoides

Leaves: The leaves of a Norway Maple are commonly darker green in color, opposite, about 4-7" (10-18cm) in width and length (View Measured Leaf), usually have five lobes and irregular long teeth. The top of the leaf has deep veins and is usually dark green, while the under side of the leaf is paler, without hair. When broken off, the tip of the slender stem has a milky sap on it. (View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is generally rough and gray-brown. The ridges present a diamond-shaped pattern on mature trees. (View Bark) The twigs are brown and hairless. The trunk of a mature tree can reach 2' in width.

Fruit: The keys are about 1.5-2" (4-5cm) long, are paired and have long and flattened bodies. Baseline of the key is almost flat, spreading widely. (View Fruit)

Tree: The tree can reach 60' (18m) in height and has a rounded crown of leaves, ideal for shade, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: The Norway Maple is native to Europe, but is commonly found in the United States. It is very tolerant of climates and soils, which is a reason it is so widely planted across the country.

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Norway Maple Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, (9/29/02)