Norway maple, or Acer platanoides, is a vigorous, deciduous, large tree native to Europe where it naturally occurs from Scandinavia to northern Iran, which would cover a considerable variety of conditions. That range has given Norway maple a toughness and adaptability that has made it one of the most popular and dependable lawn trees for both Canada and the United States as well as the cooler regions of Australia and New Zealand.

Norway maple is a medium to large tree that grows anywhere from 40 to 60 feet with a spread of up to 40 feet. It has a full crown and dense foliage that makes a heavy shade. In spring it bears small, yellowish flowers that are sweetly scented though they're too small to attract notice. These flowers give way in autumn and winter to winged seeds that are so typically maple. But it is the foliage that is the most remarkable thing about a Norway maple. They are large, 5 lobed and attractive all season but in autumn they put on a blazing show of gold and yellow. It is one of the most eye-catching and unmatched displays of the season.

The beauty of a Norway maple renders it a perfect specimen tree, though several lining a drive would be even more dramatic. However, its dense shade and shallow root system competes with lawn grasses, and the shallow roots can make mowing a challenge, so site accordingly. It's versatility make it one of the most useful landscape trees available to the home gardener. It can tolerate acid or alkaline soil, some drought or flood, and even sea shore conditions. It's only limitation is it's not tolerant of long, hot summers which excludes it from the southern United States and much of Australia.


Norway maple

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