E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Acer platanoides L.
Norway maple
Sapindaceae (Horse-chestnut family)
(Previously in Aceraceae)

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Species Information

General:
Deciduous, spreading tree up to 30 m tall; bark more or less smooth, greyish.
Leaves:
Opposite, 10-25 cm wide, palmately 5- to 7-lobed but not beyond the middle, green, the tips bristlelike; stalks with milky juice when cut.
Flowers:
Inflorescence in stiff, more or less erect panicles with male and female flowers on the same plant.
Fruits:
Winged, in pairs, 3.5-5 cm long, glabrous, pairs widely spread, almost flat.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Green
Blooming Period:
Early Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Summer to Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Mesic forest openings in the lowland or montane zones; rare horticultural escape in forests near urban areas in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Acer platanoides var. schwedleri G. Nicholson

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