Do you see the forest for the trees?

Look around you. How many different trees do you see? Look at the leaves and the bark. Or at the leaves on the ground, if the leaves have fallen from the trees. Do you see the tree behind you with leaves like this:

This is a Norway Maple tree.

It has bark like this:

Norway maple was introduced from England to the U.S. in 1756 for use as an ornamental landscape plant. It was planted on farms and in towns for its shade, hardiness and adaptability to adverse conditions. Unfortunately, this tree species is considered invasive because it displaces native trees, shrubs, and forest understory plants. Once established, it creates a canopy of dense shade that prevents regeneration of native seedlings.


How many Norway Maples do you see?