Meet the Maples: Sycamore Maple

Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) is another species of maple commonly found planted in New England towns. A typical leaf of this tree has a dark green upperside, a pale underside revealing prominent veins, five lobes (three large and two small), and a bluntly toothed margin.

Photo of Sycamore Maple leaves

The paired fruit (called samaras), which ripen in late summer, are born in clusters that hang from twigs. The smooth gray bark of young trees becomes scaly and rough textured with age.

Photo of Sycamore Maple bark

Though sometimes growing alongside Norway Maple, the two are fairly easy to tell apart.

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