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Norway Maple
Norway Maple

Norway Maple

Acer platanoides
Norway Maple
Magnoliophyta
Aceraceae
Acer

The Norway Maple is a fast-growing tree that transplants readily and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, establishes quickly, and is adaptable to polluted atmosphere. When mature, forms a rounded canopy that tops out at 50 to 60 feet. The tree is most noticeable in the spring, when it is covered in lime-green flowers and the fall, when it turns deep yellow.

Native to Europe, Norway Maple was once used extensively in the landscape, as both a street and landscape tree. It has fallen out of favor because of its invasive nature. This is especially true in woodlands, where it out-competes our native species. In Central Park we have removed hundreds in the woodlands and replaced them with native species.

Medium-sized, up to 60 feet, oval, usually with dense rounded crown.

• Top of Cedar Hill at East 79th Street
• West 81st Street, adjacent to the bridle path
• East 93rd Street, between running track and bridle path
• South of Sheep Meadow

Norway Maple BarkNorway Maple Bark
Gray with tight ridges and furrows.
Norway Maple FlowerNorway Maple Flower
Flat-topped lime-green clusters, appearing in April, before the tree leafs out. Ornamentally insignificant.
Norway Maple FruitNorway Maple Fruit
Two-winged samara, 1-1/2 to 2 inches long, grows in clusters.
Norway Maple LeafNorway Maple Leaf
Five-lobed, sharply pointed. Dark green on top, paler underneath. When the petiole is cut, it exudes a milky sap.
Steve Baskauf, bioimages.vanderbilt.edu
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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