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ACER platanoides 'Erectum'

Image of Acer platanoides 'Erectum'

James Burghardt

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER platanoides 'Erectum'

Plant Common Name

Norway Maple

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Norway maple is a popular, fast-growing, deciduous shade tree that is native to regions across Europe. These trees have dense rounded canopies and large leaves that are medium to dark green in the summer and turn pale yellow, yellow or yellow-green, rarely red, in the fall.

This tree is tolerant of a wide range of sites and conditions but does best in locations with full sun to part shade and well-drained, average soil. There are two caveats to planting a Norway maple; it tends to self-seed aggressively and casts dense shade. Consequently, it should be planted away from cultivated garden and natural areas. This tough and adaptable tree do well in urban settings and if growing conditions are optimal can become spectacular specimens. are many cultivars of Norway maple that vary in habit and foliage color. The ever-popular 'Crimson King' is a widely planted selection with dark purple foliage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m (45)

  • Width

    30'-40' / 9.1m - 12.2m (35)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Chartreuse

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Light Green, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes