Acer platanoides 'Schwedleri'

Norway Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

If needed prune when dormant or midsummer after sap stops flowing. Branching naturally occurs very low so you may have to trim upward for a higher canopy. Can suffer leaf tatter damage and scorch in summer.

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This very adaptable shade tree is fast growing with pretty foliage that seems to be everchanging.

  • Purple-red leaves in spring turns green/bronze in the summer
  • Vibrant yellow fall foliage
  • Branching to the ground if left unpruned

Plan carefully when choosing a site for this magnificent tree because it will take ownership very seriously as will its future generations.  Tolerates city conditions but needs good soil and protection from wind in colder climates. Best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 40-50 ft
Spread: 35-50 ft
Zone: 3-7
Color: Green

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
  • Low Maintenance
  • Focal Point
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Bronze
  • Purple
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water