Norway Maple - Acer platanoides


Large spreading tree to 30 metres. Leaves large, 10 to 15 cm across, palmately 5 to 7 lobed, the lobes long pointed with a few coarse teeth. Flowers yellowish green 7 to 8 mm in broad erect panicles, before the leaves. Fruit with horizontal wings. In Autumn the leaves often become very colourful, with pink, red, orange and yellow.

Similar Species

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) has a similarly shaped leaf but lacks the spiky edges.

Identification difficulty

Woods and hedgerows.

When to see it

April and May.

Life History


UK Status

Local in Britain and probably mostly from planted stock.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 30 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map