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ACER platanoides 'Laciniatum'

Image of Acer platanoides 'Laciniatum'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER platanoides 'Laciniatum'

Plant Common Name

Norway Maple

General Description

Norway maple is a fast-growing, medium to large, deciduous shade tree native to Europe but naturalized in the United States and elsewhere. One of the oldest known maple cultivars (circa 1650), 'Laciniatum' has a compact habit and leaves that are deeply divided into three or five curled, claw-like lobes. The foliage turns pumpkin yellow in fall. The leaf stems exude a milky latex if severed. Clustered yellow-green flowers – which are more abundant and conspicuous than those of many maples – are followed by winged brown seeds. The bark is dark gray and fissured.

Norway maple is very 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. This tough and adaptable tree does well in urban settings and is useful for narrow sites. Its dense roots and shade and its penchant for prolific self-sowing make it a poor choice for gardens and natural areas. Its sale is banned in Massachusetts and several other areas because of its invasiveness.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    25'-35' / 7.6m - 10.7m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • 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, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, 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

    Medium

  • 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