Acer platanoides – Norway Maple (central Europe)
Habit: Round-crown, large tree, 20-25 (30) m tall, 8-12 (15) m wide; usually short-stemmed, branches reaching upwards, twigs vertically upright to horizontal, hardly overhanging; fast-growing, initially 80-120 cm, later 40-60 cm a year.
Flowers: Citrus-yellow umbels before leaves shoot, April, fruits fragrance, one of the few conspicuous flowering indigenous trees.
Leaves: Five-lobed, early shoots at the end of April; saturated green; splendid yellow-orange in autumn, occasionally red, October to November.
Roots: Flat to cordate roots, sensitive to soil compaction, easy to transplant and growing very well.
Demands: Sun to light shade, tolerant of heat, frost hardy; very adaptable and not demanding; tolerates urban environments, wind resistant.
Soil: On all substrates except poor, acidic sandy soil.
Note: Do not cut in spring as it has too many flowers; initially only light fertilisation to prevent coral spot.
Hardiness: Zone 4