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!
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Origin: A native of Europe north to S. Sweden and southern tip of Norway; and the Caucasus, it was introduced to the UK in 1683 and is now widely planted.
The leaf has five lobes, each tipped with a thin filament when fresh. In autumn the colour is a pale yellow with some turning scarlet but most an orange-yellow. Like all maples the leaves are in opposite pairs on the stem BUT each pair is 90 degrees to the pair either side - this is termed opposite and decussate.Tree: It is a tall, domed, densely-leafed tree in summer with fruits persisting through the winter.
The bark is pale grey with, in younger trees, a network of thin, rather reddish-brown, longitudinal striations which develop into shallow ridges with age.
The fruits are yellowy-green with widely spread wings - almost horizontal (Sycamores tend to be more angled).
Location: Widely planted. It is the commonest tree within the ring road - its yellow colour in autumn making it stand out from other species.
Variety Schwedleri : This is variety has leaves that unfold bright pinkish-red and turn purple-tinged green in the summer. Several can be found by the Visual Arts building, compartment 56a; square J6; tags 147, 152, 162-164.