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*Acer pseudoplatanus Linnaeus. Section: Acer. Sycamore Maple. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Suburban woodlands. Dist: Native of Europe. Planted widely in our area as a street and yard tree, especially in the mountains. Naturalizing from horticultural use in City of Alexandria (Simmons et al. 2020). Northward it is a noxious weed tree.

ID notes: Similar to Acer platanoides (both of which naturalize in the e. US), A.pesudoplatanus can be distinguished by its more plated (flaking) bark, and crenate-serrate leaves (vs. smooth, ski-track bark and primarily entire leaf margins). Additionally, the petioles of this taxon lack milky sap.

Origin/Endemic status: Europe

Synonymy: = C, G, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Murray (1970); = Acer pseudo-platanus – F, orthographic variant; = n/a – Tat

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