Acer platanoides

Acer platanoides
Acer platanoides 
Norway maple
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
USUAL HEIGHT 15-25m
USUAL WIDTH 10-20m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Norway maple is a native European tree commonly cultivated in countries and regions with harsh winters. It is one of the most common street and park in Czech and Slovak republics. Its tolerance against pollution, low winter temperatures, and vigorous growth made it a useful tree for almost all places where rapid growth is required for screening and as a noise barrier.

Leaves or Norway maple are deciduous, 10-15 cm across, broadly palmate, green in summer and turning mostly golden orange and bright yellow in autumn. In some locations where soil pH is lower they take on deep burgundy red shades at first, turning scarlet red later, and finally changing to typical yellow. In spring appear upright clusters of small, yellow-green flowers.

It grows fast forming a densely branched, rounded crown that may become somewhat ovate when mature. Pruning is usually not required. Still, in narrow streets pollarding is quite common: in late autumn or winter all branches are cut off, leaving only a small head at the top of the trunk. Such action will encourage rapid and vigorous growth of new branches with large leaves and the tree is easily maintained much smaller.

Norway maple grows in any well-drained soil in full sun and is fully hardy to -40°C (USDA zone 3). Lower pH will ensure richer autumn colouring. Pest and disease free.

Last update 04-08-2014
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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