Purdue University Logo

Norway Maple

Close up of several maple leaves. The leaves closest to the front of the image are attaches to a thin brown stem. The leaves have red stems and veins. The tissue of the leaves is yellow with brown and green spots. The tissue has holes in it.

Other names: Norway maple, Acer platanoides

Where did it come from?

Norway maple was imported from Europe and Asia in 1756 to be used as an ornamental tree.

Why is it invasive?

Norway maple out-competes many trees including the ecologically and economically important sugar maple. It forms a thick canopy that shades out the under story.

How do you prevent its spread?

Choose to plant a native tree instead of Norway maple and pull any seedlings that grow on your property.


Species assessment

Norway maple: Not recommended

Seen it? Report it! Through the app or online.

Image credit: Katja Schulz