Norway Maple Origin

The Norway maple (Acer platanoides) belongs to the maple genus and is widespread in Europe and North America. It grows as a deciduous tree, reaches a height of up to 30 meters and can live up to 600 years.

In popular belief, the maple tree represented the mutability of life and the beauty of autumn. It only begins to flower when it is 20 to 30 years old. It blooms in April or May, when the leaves sprout. The hermaphrodite flowers are small and greenish-yellow, arranged in dense panicles. The five-lobed leaves are arranged opposite each other, about 15 cm long and 10 to 15 cm wide. The upper side of the leaf is glossy green and the underside is lighter and shinier than that of the sycamore maple. In autumn, the leaves turn a variety of colors from yellow to orange to red. The fruits are formed in the form of two-part wing nuts and are ripe from September to October. Each fruit is about 2,5 to 3,5 cm long and has one wing.

Norway maple blossoms

Norway maple care and location

A sunny to partially shaded location with moist and well-drained soil is ideal for planting Norway maples. The trees are relatively undemanding, but do not tolerate waterlogging or soil that is too dry.

Pruning Norway maple

The Norway maple is easy to care for and regular pruning is not necessary. Pruning does not encourage flowers, growth or colorful foliage. If pruning is necessary, late summer is the right time. If pruned in winter, the Norway maple bleeds heavily. A lot of sap containing nutrients and storage substances comes out of the cut areas, which serves to supply the plant.

Norway maple leaves

Watering Norway maple

The Norway maple has deep roots and should be watered rarely but intensively and thoroughly. The Norway maple originally comes from East Asia and North America and thrives in humid climates. It cannot tolerate prolonged water shortages, so the soil should never dry out completely, otherwise the fine roots will die.

Climate change has a variety of effects on nature and many trees suffer from the hot and dry periods. Depending on the location and the climatic situation, more frequent watering may be necessary than in previous years. Young Norway maple trees need to be watered regularly to help them take root. Fully grown trees usually do not need to be watered, but it is recommended to water at least once a week during dry periods. Signs of drought stress are limp, hanging leaves, weak young branches, discolouring or drying leaves. Now is the time to water the tree. The water requirements of a Norway maple depend on several factors, such as the length of the dry period and the condition of the tree. A general estimate is 75 to 100 litres per watering for young trees and 200 litres for older trees. If too much water gets on the tree at once, there is a risk that it will evaporate due to the sunlight or seep into the ground before it can reach the roots. To avoid this, we recommend watering the Norway maple tree bath tree bagsThey enable more efficient irrigation and save the important resource water. The bags have small holes that release the water evenly into the soil over several hours as drip irrigation. This means that the water is better absorbed by the roots than with conventional watering. The irrigation bag covers the surface of the soil and prevents water from evaporating. Attaching and filling the water bags is simple and straightforward. The bag is placed around the tree trunk like a jacket and closed with the zip. The next step is to fill the bag with enough water that after further alignment there are no more wrinkles in the lower area and then let it fill up. For trees with larger trunks, several bags can also be connected with the zip.

Fertilizing Norway maple

Fertilizing the Norway maple depends on various factors such as soil quality, location and growth condition. In general, the Norway maple is an undemanding plant that thrives in well-drained soil and does not usually require any special fertilization. Regularly removing weeds, mulching the soil around the Norway maple and maintaining sufficient soil moisture contribute to healthy growth. However, if the soil is poor in nutrients, it may be a good idea to fertilize the Norway maple once a year in the spring with an organic Fertilizer Fertilizer should not be applied directly to the roots of the tree and should be lightly worked into the soil. Too much fertilizer can be harmful and affect the growth and health of the Norway maple.

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