Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
A fast-growing tree, native to most of Europe, but not the British Isles. It just extends into Norway. It is superficially quite like the sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), but does not suffer from the tar spot fungus that is ubiquitous on sycamore. In Autumn its leaves turn an attractive yellow unlike sycamore which turns from green to dusty brown. It bears the winged seeds (samaras) typical of a maple, these being larger than those of sycamore. In Belfast Botanic Gardens there is a well grown, symmetrical, specimen between the PEC and its car-park.