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Norway Maple

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Norway Maple
Acer platanoides

Norway Maple is a handsome, large, fast growing deciduous tree with clusters of greenish-yellow flowers on bare stems in spring and good autumn colour from bright yellow foliage. It is a good choice as an urban tree because of its tolerance of pollution and shade.

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Description
Norway Maple is a deciduous broad-leaved tree native to northern Europe and introduced to Britain in the 17th century. This form of maple can be used in hedging and woodland schemes but is more often seen as an elegant specimen tree displaying stunning colour year round but especially in autumn when the shiny dark green leaves turn to golden yellow and often red before falling. Mature Norway Maple can grow to 25m in height and with a spread up to 20m in maturity. As well as being a striking countryside tree, Norway Maple are also often planted in towns and cities due to their tolerance of pollution and shade.

Planting Position
Suitable for most locations and soil types. Can handle exposed or sheltered sites. Best grown in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Size
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Final Height: Up to 25m
Final Spread: Over 15m

Foliage & Flowers
The Norway maple has larger, more pointed leaves than the more common Field maple. They are palmate with five lobes and a few pointed teeth. The leaves turn from shiny dark green to bright yellow, orange or red-brown in Autumn. Scented yellow flowers in conspicuous upright clusters of up to 30 appear in late spring which, once pollinated, will turn into winged seeds dispersed by the wind in late summer / early autumn.

Plant Interest
Norway Maple is attractive to wildlife with the flowers providing nectar for bees and birds and the habitat supporting a wide range of insects.

Landscape Use
Norway Maple is not used as much in native hedging as Field Maple and is more commonly seen as an ornamental or landscape tree. It is often used in towns and cities due to its high tolerance to pollution and non-fertile or shaded positions.

Uses
The timber of the Norway Maple is similar to Sycamore and is hard, strong and pale cream in colour. As such, it is often used for furniture making and wood-turning.

Planting may be carried out at any time between early-November and mid-May.

Planting Willow and Poplar Setts / Cuttings

The cuttings are quick and easy to plant. They are provided with a slanted cut at the base and a straight cut at the top to make insertion into the ground easier and distinguish top from bottom. They can simply be pushed into loose cultivated soil and firmed in. They will need no support. In firmer soils simply make a vertical slit with a spade and push the cutting to the bottom of the slit and firm well by treading. Alternatively a narrow hole may be made with a bar or spike and the cutting pushed to the bottom and firmed well. A mole-plough or subsoil blade may be pulled through the ground in rows and the cuttings simply pushed into the loosened soil slit and firmed in by foot.

The smallest one foot long (30 cm) cuttings must be planted so that only 2 inches (5 cm) is showing above ground. This makes them vulnerable to being smothered by weeds and grass before they get away, and so they are only suited to situations where they will receive a high standard of care in the early days. The two foot long cuttings (60 cm) are planted so that half is in the soil as in the photo below. This means that the new growth starts above weed and grass height. Being larger they also contain greater reserves of energy and grow away faster. In most situations the 2 foot long (60 cm) cuttings are the best option and will produce a tree, if looked after, of 6 - 8ft high in the first growing season .

 

Planting Bare Root Whips and Hedging

Bare root plants can planted by notch or pit planting methods. For more information, please download this helpsheet.

Planting bare root whips and hedging help sheet

 

The decision on whether to plant rooted trees and/or which size of cuttings will depend on:

      - How easy a job you want planting to be

      - How well you will look after your trees 

      - Your soil type and site

      - How quickly you need results

 

All sizes of cutting root equally well.

The smallest one foot long (30 cm) cuttings must be planted so that only 2 inches (5 cm) is showing above ground. This makes them vulnerable to being smothered by weeds and grass before they get away, and so they are only suited to situations where they will receive a high standard of care in the early days. The two foot long cuttings (60 cm) are planted so that half is in the soil. This means that the new growth starts above weed and grass height. Being larger they also contain greater reserves of energy and grow away faster. 

In most situations the 2 foot long (60 cm) cuttings are the best option and will produce a tree, if looked after, of 6 - 8ft high in the first growing season.

On dry sites such as sands and gravels, or on banks, we would suggest that you plant a longer cutting and insert a larger proportion into the soil. Both the hybrid willows and poplars have the ability to make roots from any part of the stem and so, if planted deeply, will produce deep roots, which will always find moisture. 

The rooted trees and longer cuttings will cope better with difficult conditions and weed or grass competition to give instantly visible results.

Further information on rooted or unrooted plants can be found here.

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Delivery

Our bare root plants and cuttings are delivered between November and May (specific dates cannot be guaranteed) but we do encourage early planting for the best results.

Most orders are dispatched within 3-5 working days where stocks are available. If they are not available at the time of order you will be notified and an alternative delivery date discussed with you.We ship to mainland UK and the Isle of Wight (although surcharges may be incurred in some more remote areas). Our orders are generally sent out using a national courier but for local deliveries, we may use our own couriers. Orders can also be collected from the nursery by prior appointment and we are more than happy for you to do this if you prefer.

Our standard delivery charge is £15 plus VAT. This is for a next day delivery service in areas where this is available (i.e. mainland UK). For areas outside mainland UK, such as northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Scottish islands and mainland Europe, we can often offer delivery but will need to confirm the costs of these with you, so please call us to discuss on 01404 811229.  

There's usually no need to wait in for a standard delivery, our couriers will leave it in a safe place for you. If there is somewhere in particular you would like it left, please let us know at the time of ordering. For taller plants or a larger volume (particularly root ball trees), a pallet may be required. We will let you know at the time of your order as this will usually incur an additional fee. 

On arrival you should try to plant as soon as possible but, if the weather makes this impossible, cuttings will remain viable somewhere cold for 4 weeks. A cold shed or outside is fine but if the weather turns warm then put them into a fridge if possible. If you are unable to plant the rooted trees within ten days of arrival then we suggest that you unpack the bale and cover the roots with soil in a shallow trench to keep them moist.

It is important to look after your trees as they mature so now click on After-Planting Care for some useful guide-lines.