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FG Forest Genetics


Assessment of Norway maple

Seed sample of Norway maple
© C. Bäuker
A sample of Norway maple laid out to dry in a seed tray

Assessment of adaptability and growth performance of Norway maple (Acer platanoides)

Norway Maple is a native tree species in Central Europe and Germany. However, the species has so far only a minor role in forestry. Better knowledge of adaptability and suitability of different provenances of Norway maple can help to improve the potential of the species in forestry.

Background and Objective

The aim of the project is to assess the adaptability and growth performance of Norway maple in forests in Germany. Therefore, a series of trial plots under different site conditions will be established to evaluate selected population seed samples as well as single tree progenies from the whole natural range. Such field trials are necessary to be able to give well-founded recommendations for the use of suitable seed and plant material for forestry practice. Furthermore, criteria for a genetically sustainable seed production should be developed based on population genetic analyses. This includes analyses of the within-population gene flow, and it also examines whether there is any evidence of pollen flow from horticultural varieties into natural populations of Norway maple. In order to answer these genetic questions, a suitable marker set for Norway maple will be developed.


1. Material selection and seed harvest
2. Plant cultivation for nursery and field trials
3. Nursery experiment (establishment, evaluation of phenological and physiological variation)
4. Development of a strategy for sustainable seed harvesting based on population genetic knowledge
5. Planning and establishing of field trials

Funding Body

  • Federal Ministry of Food und Agriculture (BMEL)
    (national, öffentlich)


1.2020 - 12.2023

More Information

Project funding number: 22040618
Funding program: FNR
Project status: ongoing

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    Liesebach H, Schneck D (2022) Flowering behavior of clones in a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) seed orchard and mating system analysis using nuclear SSR markers. Eur J Forest Res 141:561-569, DOI:10.1007/s10342-022-01459-3

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    Liesebach M, Wolf H, Beez J, Degen B, Erley M, Haverkamp M, Janßen A, Kätzel R, Kahlert K, Kleinschmit J, Paul M, Voth W (2021) Identifizierung von für Deutschland relevanten Baumarten im Klimawandel und länderübergreifendes Konzept zur Anlage von Vergleichsanbauten - Empfehlungen der Bund-Länder-Arbeitsgruppe „Forstliche Genressourcen und Forstsaatgutrecht“ zu den Arbeitsaufträgen der Waldbaureferenten. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 51 p, Thünen Working Paper 172, DOI:10.3220/WP1617712541000

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    Liesebach M, Liesebach H (2009) Nutzung und Erhalt von genetischen Ressourcen beim Spitz-Ahorn (Acer platanoides L.). Jb Baumpflege 13:238-246

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