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    Another Tree Identification Help

    I've come across anther cropper. I think/hope it will be an easy one for anyone other than in my naivety. I got permission from the local cemetery to help myself to a very old cut down tree, as a result I have some massive bits of wood to work with, but again I'm struggling with what it is.

    The still living tree beside it is the same, so I photographed it.

    It is defiantly palmate in leaf structure (hey, eh. I learned something). At first I thought Sycamore, but as can be seen in the close up leaf photo the concave inner sections are curved, my research sows Sycamore should be sharply angled. So then I though Field Maple, but that is a massive long shot. And my research showed the tips should be curved but the leaf image shows them to be pointy. So I'm at a loss.

    If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Looks like a sycamore at first glance Dave.
    A few things that would help; Are the leave alternate or in opposite pairs, are there any flowers or keys, is there a pinkish cast to the bark.

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    Looks more like maple to me.
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    I would probably agree bikebum, the tricky bit is deciding which Acer it is.
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    Norway Maple, Acer platanoides .
    https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/...r/platanoides/

    Very common street tree here in the Eastern US. It is European, but has become naturalised here.
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    hello,
    We've got a few of these growing nearby where I live. Ones due to be felled so guess who's in there with the Bahco Laplander? Already a Sycamore down & being processed so WIP bow fire drill & board maybe a Kuksa as the piece of branch I have in mind ear marked is just the right size. Thanks for the I.D
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    ^^ wasn`t aware we had a I D.
    According to the Collins Tree guide, Norway maple (Acer platanoides) does not appear in Britain.
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    Not a Sycamore - leaves are wrong in shape and how they "hang".

    Field Maple is a small tree with small leaves - at their biggest they would fit on - um, a rich tea biscuit (one of the cheap small ones).

    My thought is Field Maple - widely planted as an ornamental - especially as an "estate tree" (country, rather than council) - hence found in cemetery.

    According to the Collins Tree guide, Norway maple (Acer platanoides) does not appear in Britain.
    Not as a native, but the are widley planted I assure you.

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    hello,
    We have a number of non native species planted as both ornamental sometime ago & gifted to the area as part of a project in recent years *estate trees as per link details which were planted along both the avenue & a local project in the nearby area by both the local authority & the Countryside & Woodland Trust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blundstoned Love View Post
    Not a Sycamore - leaves are wrong in shape and how they "hang".
    Field Maple is a small tree with small leaves - at their biggest they would fit on - um, a rich tea biscuit (one of the cheap small ones).
    My thought is Field Maple - widely planted as an ornamental - especially as an "estate tree" (country, rather than council) - hence found in cemetery.
    Not as a native, but the are widley planted I assure you.

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    Thanks for all the info. I've been real busy lately, I'll need to take it all in and get back out to check it out. I did stumble across something that indicated some sort of maple of the leaf pattern, but I have it bookmarked ready to look further into.

    However, sadly most of the cut down tree is cracked, or cracks very quickly when the bark is removed. But what I can use has some of the most beautiful grain/spalting. I'll post some bowl/spoon pics soon.

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