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Landscape Trees

Acer maples

Maples are commonly planted in city streets and parks. They form small to medium sized trees and withstand urban environmental conditions. Maples have opposite leaves, which are lobed (e.g. Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore) or entire, (e.g. Acer davidii, Snake Bark maple). The fruit has two membraneous wings, commonly called keys or helicopters. Two species Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore and Acer platanoides, Norway maple and their cultivars are commonly planted in landscape schemes. Japanese maples (Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum) are popular trees for smaller gardens and patios. Field maple (Acer campestre) and Sycamore have become naturalised in Ireland.

In U.C.D. there is a representative collection of Maples in the area between the Stillorgan Road entrance and the running track at Belfield House and between the James Joyce Library and the lake.