Identifying Field Maple in Summer
FIELD MAPLE (Acer campestre)
KEY IDENTIFYING FEATURES IN SUMMER
- Leaves have 5 rounded lobes.
- Fine, white hairs in vein axils on the underside of leaves.
- Leaves grow in opposite pairs on the branch.
- "Helicopters" Winged seed cases with wings that lie at 90 degrees to each other.
SIMILAR SPECIES IN SUMMER
It can be easy to mistake the Field Maple for these other common species...
SYCAMORE (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Sycamore have similar shaped leaves, as they are maples too. But the leaves are generally larger, their lobes are more pointed and the edge of the leaf is serrated.
Also, remember that the Sycamore seeds have their wings at 45 degrees to each other.
NORWAY MAPLE (Acer platanoides)
Leaves are larger than Field Maple. Also, the lobes are much more pointed and jagged. Norway Maple have huge winged seed cases compared to Field Maple.