Acer platanoides or Norway Maple trees are popular for their vibrant autumn foliage colours which range from deep purple to golden yellow. Norway Maples are a species of Acer that is native to central Europe and unlike other Maple trees, mature Norway Maples do not develop a shaggy bark.
Norway Maple trees are deciduous with broad, rounded crowns that create a dense canopy, making them ideal for screening purposes. The Norway maple tree produces corymbs of yellow-green flowers which appear in spring before the new leaves emerge. The fruit of Maple trees are called 'samara' with Acer Platanoides producing a double samara.
The name of this species is derived from the Latin for sharp (acer) in reference to the pointed leaves and its similarity to the species Platanus with ‘oides’ being Latin for ‘resembling’, culminating in Acer platanoides.
Sometimes confused with the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), there are a few tell-tale signs to distinguish between the two species. Firstly, Sugar Maple trees produce a clear sap whereas Norway Maples produce a white sap. Also, the seed of sugar maple trees are globular where Acer Platanoides' seeds are flat.