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The Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is one of the more popular trees in the nursery trade. It is easily transplanted and it has very few insect or disease enemies. It can, however, have problems with the sometimes-harsh climate in this area. The Norway maple is a common tree throughout much of Europe, including (not surprisingly) Norway. It is an important commercial species there just as sugar maple is here in North America. It is used for furniture, flooring and musical instruments. In fact, the Stradivarius violins are said to be made of Norway maple.