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We have two types of maple locally : the field maple and the Norway maple.

Can be confused with sycamore : index.asp?pageid=732404

FIELD MAPLE : Acer campestre 

The leaves are comparatively small, dark green and shiny. The five lobes are very much more rounded than other maples.  

They fade to a rich, golden yellow before falling in autumn.

NORWAY MAPLE : Acer platanoides

The Woodland Trust tells us that these were introduced in the 17th century. It is known for its hardy timber. Its leaves are a favourite with caterpillars and its seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.

New growth in May.

Maple along the upper Leven towpath in October.

Not all leaves reach the red stage. These are all yellow with some decaying to a dull brown already.

GARDENERS WORD : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple

WOODLAND TRUST : https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-british-trees/norway-maple/

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