Priestgate

Norway Maple

A common tree locally, it becomes a large tree, producing masses of viable seed and ofter giving a spectacular autumn colour

The opposite buds are red

Flowers appear on bare twigs immediately before the leaves emerge

After the leaf appears, the seeds quickly begin to form, generally shedding a great number that it will not be able to support. Having said that, thousands will stay and ripen to maturity

When the cold mornings of Autumn come, the leaves turn yellow before leaf-fall

However, the north facing aspect will often give a splash of red as early as July