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Acer platanoides

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Brown, Orange and Yellow in Autumn
Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Norway maple

Family

Sapindaceae


Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

A. platanoides is a vigorous deciduous large tree. Leaves 5-lobed, turning bright yellow, orange or brown in autumn. Scented yellow flowers in conspicuous clusters on bare branches

Other common names

  • plane-leaved maple

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem