Acer platanoides (Norway Maple)

Botanical Information

FamilySapindaceae (Aceraceae)
TypeTree (deciduous)
OriginEastern Europe.


USDA Hardiness Zone4 - 7
USDA Hardiness Ref.
Canadian Hardiness Zone2a - 6b
Canada Hardiness Ref.
RHS Hardiness ZoneH6 - H7
RHS Hardiness Ref.
Temperature (°C)-34 - (-15)
Temperature (°F)-30 - 5
Height30 m
Spread15 m
Flowering PeriodApril

Description and Growing Information

General DescriptionA very popular tree available in a wide variety of cultivars that is well suited to intense urban conditions.
ID CharacteristicWhen snapping the petiole the stem exudes a white latex sap.
ShapeLarge rounded crown.
LandscapeAccent tree, mass plantings, city and courtyard gardens, border, screening, cottages, large properties, urban tree or as a specimen.
PropagationSeed, or by softwood cuttings in June.
CultivationPlant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-draining neutral to slightly acidic soil.
PestsMaple tar spot, verticillium wilt.
Notable SpecimensThe University of Western Ontario and Rayner Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England.
Bark/Stem DescriptionDull, deep grey bark with regular shallow fissures.
Flower/Leaf Bud DescriptionLarge rounded pronounced buds that are dark chestnut in colour.
Leaf DescriptionBroadly palmate with three distinct lobes. Leaves to 10 cm across. Pale yellow in autumn.
Flower DescriptionOne of the most floriferous of the Acer species. In fact I will begrudgingly admit that when in full flower in early spring it is quite attractive. Large clusters of yellow-lime-green flowers cover the entire tree. Very attractive to bees.
Fruit DescriptionClusters of keys light beige in colour that grow up to 4 cm across, and are produced in copious quantities.
Colour DescriptionPale yellow in autumn.
Texture DescriptionMedium textured tree.