Field Maple is a relatively small tree, often found in hedgerows and woodland edges. Its leaves turn a rich, golden-yellow in the autumn, but for the rest of the year, it is quite inconspicuous. It produces large, winged seeds that are dispersed by the wind in the autumn. It has recently become a popular tree for towns and cities as it is tolerant of pollution.
How to identify?
Field Maple has dark green, five-lobed leaves, which are smaller, more oblong and have more rounded lobes than the leaves of Sycamore. The bark of Field Maple twigs becomes corky with age.