Norway Maple

Acer platanoides shape

Acer platanoides

  • Height: 40’ - 50’
  • Spread: 30’ - 50’
  • Site characteristics: Well-drained soil; full sun to partial shade
  • Zone: 3 - 7
  • Wet/dry: Tolerant of a wide range of soil moisture; drought and heat tolerant
  • Native range: Eastern and Central Europe; Southwest Asia
  • pH: 4.0 - 7.0
  • Shape: Oval to upright-oval or rounded to broadly oval
  • Foliage: Dark green to maroon-colored leaves, depending on cultivar; dense; yellow fall color
  • Other: Abundant winged-fruit (samaras)
  • Additional: Generally tolerant of many urban pollutants; some observed salt tolerance; popular green-leaved cultivars include Debroah, Emerald Queen, Superform; cultivars with maroon foliage include Crimson King, Faasen’s Black, Royal Red, Schwedleri
  • Pests: Susceptible to Verticillium wilt and issues with tar/black spot
  • Responsible use: Norway maple’s adaptive and reliable performance has led to widespread use. Seeds are dispersed by wind and are a problem when trees are planted in close proximity to natural areas (10-100 m). Understanding this behavior allows it to be used responsibly by not planting it in close proximity to natural areas (100 m). Through cultivar selection and responsible placement, Norway maple can continue to serve urban and suburban landscapes without negative impacts on natural areas.

Acer platanoides Norway Maple Acer platanoides leaf
Photos: Bert Cregg, MSU (left), Stephane Magnenat, Wikimedia Commons (middle), and Mathieu Sontag, Wikimedia Commons (right).

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