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Norway Maple, Acer platanoides

Common Name: Norway maple

Type: tree

Family: Aceraceae

Zone: 4 to 7      Find Your Zone

Height: 40 to 60 feet

Width: 30 to 50 feet

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: greenish yellow

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: yellow

Soil: well drained, slightly acidic

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


Norway maple is known as the street tree that was used in place of the American elm tree after Dutch elm disease wiped them out. Looking similar to a Sugar maple, Norway maple has a similar darker green leaf and similar growth habits. Norway’s yellow fall foliage is not as brilliant as the Oranges of that of the Sugar maple. This tree is best distinguished from a sugar maple because of the white milky substance excreted when leaves are broken off from stem of the Norway.


This trees ability to choke out and shade native species with its dense canopy have put this tree on many invasive species lists. Its ability to reseed in that shade successfully is another reason for concern, as it can take over a forest, diminishing plant diversity. Seed heads are flat, double winged sumaras. Red Maple and Sugar Maples would be a good, non-invasive substitute for this tree. This tree has recently had problems with Black Tar Spot, which is primarily a cosmetic problem.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-10-04T15:15:46+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL