Norway Maple Acer Platanoides Z3-7 H 60' Spread 50'
Diameter 1-2 foot
Of the 13 maples native to North America
Michigan is fortunate to have 7 that are native. One that is not is the Norway
Maple. A favorite street and park tree and gives dense shade. Dense dark
green foliage, similar to sugar maple leaves but has more leaf teeth. Best test
of a Norway maple is to crush a leafstalk to get the milky sap. Its large
yellow-green flowers pop out in May to June. Buds are rounded, dark brown
on gray brown twigs. The fruit 1 3/4" ripens in the fall with the typical
whirlybirds. Bright yellow fall color. The bark is distinctively different
from Sugar maple, young it is faintly striped, older it has a slight look of ash
bark. The wood is hard, heavy, closed grained with white sapwood. It is good
firewood. It prefers rich, well drained soil but can grow almost anywhere. Does not get Maple decline as Sugars do
but is susceptible to tar spots and leaf scorch though neither disease is fatal.
Is considered invasive in many of the eastern states.