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field maple fact sheet
- Often shrub-like in hedges
- Can grow up to 20m tall
- Hard green-brown, fissured bark
- Leaves in April in opposite pairs, on a leaf stalk with milky sap
- The lobed leaves show striking autumn colours and are much smaller than the related sycamore
- Paired, winged fruits, like helicopter blades, are yellow-green tinged with crimson
Found naturally in lowland England and Wales.
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Fabulous field maple facts
- The only native maple in the British Isles
- The leaves produce a honeydew that attracts white hairstreak butterflies
- In Alsatian folklore, branches of field maple around the house ensured protection against bats
- Popular among bonsai enthusiasts, being easy to grow, with small leaves and good autumn colour
- The wood was valued for its fine grain and used for wood turning and high quality carving