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