Acer platanoides is commonly known as the Norway Maple. It is native to eastern and central Europe and western Asia. It is a deciduous tree growing to around 30 meters with a rounded crown. It can live to 250 years and has the two winged seeds of most maples ideal for dispersing on the wind. The wood is used in furnishing and musical instruments. It is used as a street tree in northern countries as it tolerates poor and compacted soils and pollution.
Funky Facts File: Norway maple is probably the wood used by Stradivari and Guarneri to make their famous violins. It has also become a popular tree for bonsai.