Acer platanoides (Norway maple)

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Key Characteristics

  • Opposite, simple leaves, 5-lobed with narrow tipped teeth
  • Petioles and buds exude a milky sap when cut, the terminal buds are broad and blunt with yellowish green or red scales, strongly keeled
  • The samaras are large with widely diverging wings - up to 180 degrees
  • These medium to large trees cast very dark shade, and are spotted during late summer by a fungus that looks like burn spots on the leaves
  • Bark is tight, looking like an overcooked hot dog

Sourced from a field lab in Fall 2011


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