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collage of Red Maple and Sycamore Maple

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) vs. Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Updated April 28th, 2021

These two species are sometimes confused, especially when people do not know to check against Sycamore maple. Both have serrated leaf margins and frequently have reddish-tinged petioles, samaras, and other features. The flower structure and timing is radically different, but the species can also be distinguished by leaves and buds with relative ease if you know what to look for. In North America, red maple is widespread and common, whereas sycamore maple is uncommon in the wild, and usually most common in and near urban areas.

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collage of Norway Maple and Sycamore Maple

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) vs. Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Updated July 23rd, 2020

These two species of maple are sometimes confused. In North America, both are more common around urban areas, although Norway maple is more common. The leaf shape can be similar, but is easily distinguished by texture and margin structure. The bark on young trees is similarly smooth, but on older trees is quite distinct.

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