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Norway Maple Facts
Norway maples reveal two distinct looks, while Amur maple trees do better in small spaces.

Fall foliage photos of Norway maples reveal two distinct looks, one of which is yellow autumn leaves. But the Crimson King variety displays purplish leaves.

David Beaulieu

Norway maple trees are widely admired for their fall foliage color. Many are drawn to another fact about them, as well: namely, the fact that they, like most of the oak trees, hold onto their foliage later into the autumn season than do many trees (thereby helping to extend the fall foliage season).

But when all the facts are in about Norway maple trees, a different picture will emerge for you as you try to decide whether to incorporate one into your landscaping as a specimen. Unfortunately, they are invasive plants in North America. Steve Nix, About.com Forestry Guide, supplies a couple of other reasons why you might wish to reconsider planting Norway maples. Steve informs us of a bit of the history behind Norway maple's introduction to the U.S. in his comments on the trees' use in Central Park, New York, noting that they became substitutes for American elm trees after the Dutch elm disease debacle.

More Norway Maple Facts:

  • Botanical name: Acer platanoides
  • Zones: 3-7
  • Height at maturity: 50-60 feet
  • Variations in fall foliage color: Crimson King is grown for its dark leaves and does not offer the yellow fall foliage color seen in the photo above.

Watch the video on the About.com Trees and Shrubs website to learn some facts about telling Norway maples apart from other types of Acer. Truly one of our fall foliage champions, maple trees are well worth including in your landscaping. It is easy enough to find one that is not invasive in North America. Examples that come to mind are Japanese maple trees and Autumn Blaze.

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