Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

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Botanical names:
Acer platanoides Accepted
Acer platanoides var. schwedleri Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 40-50ft
Plant Spread: 30-50ft
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Freely reseeds. Trees have escaped cultivation and naturalized in many areas of the northeastern and upper midwestern U.S. Shallow root system. Dark green leav
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Other: March to April
Uses: Shade Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Bees

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By Mindy03 on April 10, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 8, 2018 10:48 AM

The Norway Maple is native to most of Europe. It was brought over to North America during colonization. It is a very common tree in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern US that is still sold by most all conventional nurseries, along with a few cultivars with red-purple foliage all growing season. It is a good quality hard maple. I grew up in the 1950's into the 70's looking at an excellent specimen about 35 feet high in a narrow parkway across the street from my parents' house in northeast IL. However, when Asplendh came along in the 1980's, they butchered it horribly as telephone wires went through the crown. It was gone about 2010, probably having been planted about 1920. The 5-lobed leaves of Norway Maple are large (to 7 inches across), dark, and leathery. The yellow flower clusters bloom in April. The bark is brown and furrowed. The buds are plump, rounded, and mostly maroon with a little green in color. It produces lots of large samara seeds about 2 inches long in early fall. It grows about 1.5 feet/year or a little more and lives 100 to 200 years, though many in tough landscape conditions don't live that long. Unfortunately, Norway Maple has escaped cultivation and is an invasive tree in forest and also is a weed tree in waste places. It is very similar to the Sycamore Maple from Europe that has differently shaped leaves. (It looks similar to the Sugar Maple. The latter species is a higher quality hard maple with much better autumn color. Sugar Maple has brown-gray bark that is plated, has small, sharp brown buds, and has smaller, lighter leaves with less points, and is not as tough to difficult conditions of pollution, salt, or restricted space.) Norway Maple is a good urban tree.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 12:19 PM

Honey bees get nectar, pollen and honeydew from this plant.

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