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Acer platanoides 'Columnare'

"Column Norway Maple"

Common Name

"Column Norway Maple"


7m high x 2.5m wide after 25 years


Similar to the traditional Norway Maple, this cultivar will flourish in difficult urban soils which do not waterlog. With its tightly closed canopy, it presents options of planting in exposed sites with strong winds, but not coastal.


The crown remains upright and closed as the tree matures. This offers new possibilities for tighter planting locations within inner city locations.


Large maple shaped leaves are up to 15cm wide, showcasing their vivid candy apple green colours. These soften in the autumn to shades of lemon and gold.

This cultivar was first propagated in France at the Simon Louis nursery during the mid-1800s. It was chosen for its closed, upright canopy and lasting columnar shape. For today’s market, this presents new possibilities of planting a sizeable tree that conforms to difficult inner-city requirements.

It can be designed precisely within smaller areas between lamp columns, urban cameras and other utilities without spreading out and over taking them. Its closed canopy ensures its is more wind resistant, reducing the risk of limb failure in busy pedestrian areas. The leaves will endure reflected heat exceptional well and will thrive amongst large city buildings.

All of these additional benefits from an already strong contender that will establish on poor compacted soils.

And its not just useful to us. Its flowers are a firm favourite for bees and provides a copious amount of nectar and pollen in urban locations. Its flowers develop under the leaves which protect them from the rain, ready to feed the continual visits of bees and butterflies in early spring.

The large leaves are typical maple shaped with a vigorous look of green vitality. It is usually the first Maple to produce its leaves in spring and holds onto its lemon iced autumn colour somewhat longer than most.