The leaf:
On some trees, but by
no means all, the leaves are purple.

The Norway maple
with the Roman wall behind.

Trees of London
The Tower of London

Norway Maple

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              The Norway Maple has leaves similar to the London plane, and nuts (seeds) similar to the sycamore, but unlike those trees, it has a smooth bark with slight veins visible. If you want to remind yourself of what the London plane looks like, there is one nearby; the largest tree on this site and just back nearer the main road from the Norway maples. There are also two sycamores around here, so you can see for yourselves the similarities and differences between these trees.

              The Norway maple and the sycamore both have what is called double samaras for nuts (seeds); to distinguish between the two, the angle of the sycamore is more acute; the Norway maple is almost 180 degrees.

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Other Trees at Tower Hill

black poplar      London plane     acacia

sycamore     rowan      bird cherry

ginkgo     honey locust

Tower of London

Tree Identification

Acer platanoides

The leaf of the Norway is maple shaped. They grow from the same point of the shoot, but opposite.

Maple leaf

A maple leaf on the Canadian flag. click flag to see real leaf.

Norway maple double samaras

nuts: the double samaras of the Norway maple, bottom, are at a wider angle than those of the sycamore, above.

Norway maple flower

Flowers: they grow upright in bunches, in contrast with the sycamore whose droop.

Norway maple bark bark:
smooth with clear vertical rims.
grows to about 30metres
Usually has a rounded crown.
general: The most common maple in London, along with the sycamore.

Across the road from the Tower
and walking east from Trinity Square Gardens,
beyond the Roman wall, there are two towards the back.

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