Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious or dioecious
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare in our area, a noxious weed tree in much of the northeast US

Look for it in suburban woodlands, disturbed forests, hedgerows, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-yellow
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Acer platanoides   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer platanoides   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Norway Maple


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JK Marlow    jkm160504_493

May    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_platanoides

May        

The bark is tightly furrowed, and freshly cut parts exude a milky sap, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_645

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Leaves with a few large teeth but no serrations, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Black, Chalk, Florida, Norway and Sugar Maple

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_646

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Fruit 1.75", spreading [more than 135 degrees], recurved, pale green, per The Sibley Guide to Trees.

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Bill Cook, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1219015

Month Unknown        

Twigs reddish-brown, usually 6-8mm in diameter; terminal bud rather blunt, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org     bug_5306048

Month Unknown        

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John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org     bug_5391791

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5448455

Month Unknown        

Flowers in erect rounded clusters, appearing with the leaves, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org    bug_5448511

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5448525

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5448553

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5448586

Month Unknown        

Laef shape and milky sap distinguish this from native maples, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5448620

Month Unknown        

Bark of mature trees is gray-brown, forming long narrow interlacing ridges, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.