The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Field Maple  Acer campestre

Field Maple leaf

Origin: Field Maple is a native species that is common on limey soils and marls north to the Midlands. It is found mainly in hedgerows where it is often trimmed, though if left will grow into a substantial tree.

The bark on older trees is often cracked into plates with orangey fissures between.

The leaf typically has five lobes with the three main lobes being cut half-way to the base or more.

Field Maple flower and fruit

The seeds are distinctive with the two lobes being in line horizontally. They are bright yellowy-green, often stained pinkish, usually four in a bunch.

Location : There are scattered trees on campus, the easiest to see are along the track to the Observatory, square P6, and there are larger trees by Barnes Dell, below the third lake, square Q14.