Norway Maple Trees

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Norway Maple Trees

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norway-maple-trees-mill-farm-plantsNorway maple trees are a deciduous broadleaf tree native to northern Europe and were introduced to the UK in the 17th century.

Scientific name: Acer platanoides

The roots of Norway maples grow very close to the ground surface, starving other plants of moisture. In addition, the dense canopy of Norway maples can inhibit understory growth. The Norway maple is adapted to extremes in temperatures and soils. It grows well in sand and clay.

Mature Norway maple trees can grow to 25m. The bark is grey with fine ridges, and the twigs are slender and  brown with tiny white spots.

Leaves: palmate and have five lobes with a few pointed teeth. They are dark green in colour, fading to yellow and occasionally red before falling in autumn. If you break a leaf petiole Norway maple oozes white sap.

Flowers: all Norway maple trees flowers grow in clusters of up to 30.

Fruits: once pollinated by insects, female flowers develop into winged seeds, or samaras, which fall in autumn and are distributed by wind.

Choose a location with full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil when planting the Norway Maple Tree. Dig a hole as deep as the container and 2 to 3 feet wide. Set the plant in the hole, making sure the soil line on the stem is even with the surrounding soil. Burying the stem too deeply encourages rot. Two inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. As the tree grows, treat it with additional fertilizer only if needed. A maple tree with bright leaves that is growing according to expectations doesn’t need fertilizer.