This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this tree is thickets and hedgerows, woods and hedges. The habit is the tree habit. The trunk is often thick, with a straight bole, much-branched above, with rough, fissured, and corky bark. The leaves, downy when young, are 5-lobed, kidney-shaped or scalloped, the lobes blunt, the leaf-stalk slender. The flowers are green or yellow, in a cormyb, op short stalks. The petals are linear-oblong-, hairy, and the sepals are similar, broader. The horizontal wings of the fruit are linear-oblong, curved, downy. The stamens are as long as the corolla. The Common Maple is 10-30 ft. in height, flowering in May and June, and is a deciduous tree.
The habitat of this tree is plantations, hedges, even in the N. of Scotland. The Sycamore has the tree habit. The trunk is stout, with smooth, cracked bark, which falls off with age. The leaves, yellow at first, are 4-5-lobed, with unequal teeth, 5-angled, opposite, bluish-green below, the lobes scalloped or toothed. The flowers are in long pendulous racemes, with short flower-stalks. The stamens are twice as long as the corolla. The wings of the fruit, a scimitar-like samara, are spreading. The Sycamore grows from 40-60 ft. in height, and flowers in May and June. It is a deciduous tree.