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Tree identification

Field Maple Acer campestre, Sycamore A. pseudoplatanus, 

Norway Maple A. platanoides, Silver Maple A. saccharinum

and Box Elder A. negundo

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Field Maple twig buds opposite, grey-green in appearance

Sycamore buds are green and in pairs similar to Field Maple but more robust.
Twig of Silver Maple Acer saccharinum. There are several Silver maples in the plantation and along the Foxburrows Road.
Field maple's compound palmate leaf with rounded lobes Field maple flowers, the leaves are still unfolding. Field maple fruit seeds have horizontal wings.
The Field maple bole is fissured The sycamore bole is smooth Sycamore bud opening
Sycamore leaf is simple palmate, with the edges serrated. The main veins radiate from the tip of the stalk Sycamore flowers Wings of sycamore seeds are more acutely angled.
Norway Maple . The leaf is simple palmate with most veins ending in a pointed lobe. Norway maple bud opening showing flowers. Wings of Norway maple seeds are slightly angled. 

 

FIELD MAPLE Acer campestre.

 

Field maple is found throughout the Country Park and Ancient woodland areas and there are some very old trees to be found like the one growing near Retreat Corner. The Sycamore A. pseudoplatanus is unloved by most foresters and Reserve managers and the mature trees are removed because of the seedlings which grow rapidly like weeds,  and soon take over an area. This was the case in Hainault Lodge Reserve. A few mature trees can be found lining the golf course on Dog Kennel Hill. A similar problem occurs with Norway maple A. platanoides and many saplings of this (pictured left) and sycamore can be seen on Dog Kennel Hill footpath. Silver maple A. saccharinum is found along Foxburrows Road and in the plantation area. This is a beautiful tree whose leaves turn a variety of reds, yellows and whites in the autumn. At the time of the G.L.C. the plantation supplied trees to plant in  the surrounding roads and examples can  be seen in New North Road, Hainault.

Leaves of Silver Maple. Compound palmate, deeply cut and with lobes pointed. The underside is silvery. Leaves of Silver maple in the autumn showing spectacular colour changes.  Scan: Iris Newbery.

 

BOX ELDER or ASH LEAVED MAPLE

Acer negundo

Leaf above.

Right: Branch showing sycamore-like winged seeds. A single tree found in Hainault Lodge and another on Hog Hill near Romford Road.

Photo: 26th June 2005.

An old Field Maple in Winter. Growing near Retreat corner. It is a sizeable tree and the girth is about two metres