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May - Norway Maple (Acer platanodies)


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These pictures show the fruits of the Norway Maple developing. The Norway Maple is the first of the Maples to flower, followed by Field Maple a few week later and then the Sycamore. Its winged fruits are not at such a sharp angle as those of the sycamore but are more angled that those of the Field Maple. This is a tree of lower ground. It can reach 25 - 30 metres, however its diameter is less than that of the Sycamore. It differs from Sycamore in having reddish brown buds pressed close to the twig and sharply pointed lobed leaves. The bright yellow/green flowers sit upright on the tree (pictured). They appear in April together with the leaves and are insect pollinated. The Norway Maple likes rich soils but is both shade and frost tolerant and can survive well in the fumes of cities. It is often planted in city streets. Picture taken 7th May near Old Warden, Bedfordshire

21st May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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