Acer pseudoplatanus L.
sycamore maple
Sapindaceae (Horse-chestnut family)
(Previously in Aceraceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jeremy Smith     (Photo ID #24786)


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Distribution of Acer pseudoplatanus
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Species Information

Deciduous, spreading tree up to 30 m tall; bark scaly, various shades of brown.
Opposite, 7.5-18 cm wide, palmately 5-lobed, green above, grey, white or purplish below; stalks without milky juice when cut.
Inflorescence of long, hanging panicles.
Winged, in pairs, 3.3-5.0 cm long, glabrous, pairs attached in a U-shape.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

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

Habitat and Range

Mesic forest openings in the lowland zone; rare horticultural escape in forests near UBC, and possibly elsewhere; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia