Aceraceae (weeds)

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Acer platanoides infestation (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut
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Aceraceae - Acer L. - weedy maple, boxelder

The maple family (Aceraceae) includes a variety of valuable forest trees which are easily recognized by their distinctive winged seeds. They are widely planted during reforestation, in parks and as ornamental trees. However, several non-native species have become invasive, when planted outside their native range. These include boxelder, Acer negundo, in Europe and Norway maple, Acer platanoides, in North America. The invasive species affect native biodiversity and change the soil properties.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: