The Norway Maple tree is a deciduous species of Maple (Acer) that are native to central Europe. These deciduous trees have broad, rounded crowns that create a dense canopy, making them ideal for screening purposes. Unlike other Maple trees, mature Norway Maples do not develop a shaggy bark.
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.
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.
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.
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