Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)
Also known as: Sycamore Maple
Native: Central and southern Europe
Location: Cultivated as a shelter tree in town streets and parks and for its timber which is used to make many small items from violins to wooden spoons and as a veneer.
Leaves have five lobes, but may be only 3-lobed on some older fruiting trees. Leaf-stalks may be red or pinkish yellow.
Flowers open in April in hanging spikes 6-12cm long.
Fruit have wings 2.5cm long which often turn bright red during the summer.