Acer campestre (Field Maple)
Also known as: Hedge Maple
Native: Europe, including Britain
Location: Often found in hedges.
Leaves turn golden yellow to red in autumn. Field Maple hybridizes with the Montpelier Maple (Acer monspessulanum) and Cretan Maple (Acer sempervirens) in south Europe, where confusion may arise over identification. A milky sap exuded from the leaves distinguishes the Field Maple.
Rarely produces timber-sized trees and so usually used for turning or carving. Used in middle ages for musical instruments. Satisfactory for firewood.
Flowers are hermaphrodite clustered in upright heads of 10 or so, appearing in late April or early May and developing into the hanging fruits