Acer platanoides 'Columnare'

Norway Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when dormant or midsummer after sap stops running.

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A tall, narrow tree with vertical branching that is adaptable and resistant to drought, pollution, and poor soils.

  • Striking columnar form
  • Dark green foliage in summer
  • Yellow fall foliage

Ideal for planting in a hedge row for a very vertical statement or where space is limited.

Height: 30-45 ft
Spread: 10-15 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Norway Maple:

The Norway Maple is unsurprisingly a non-native tree, but is a popular shade tree similar to the Sugar Maple. It tolerates poor soils, resists wind and ice damage, plus it can handle pollution. The one negative is that it has roots that tend to grow very close to the soil surface, which is important because these are feeder roots. These roots and the overall size of the tree will eventually dissuade other plants from growing beneath the tree. The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water