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Acer platanoides
Norway maple

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington east to Idaho, also widespread in eastern North America.

Habitat: Forest edge, riparian zones, fields, and other disturbed areas where escaped from cultivation.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading tree to 20 m. tall, the bark smooth and gray.


Leaves opposite, palmately 5-lobed, the lobes sharp-pointed, with 1 or 2 sharp-pointed teeth.


Plant monoecious; flowers many, yellow, in upright, axillary panicles, appearing before leaves.



Accepted Name:
Acer platanoides L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 1055. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Acer platanoides L. var. schwedleri G. Nicholson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Acer platanoides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Acer platanoides checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Acer platanoides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Acer platanoides photos.

USDA Plants: Acer platanoides information.

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