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May 30, In the UK you can find four different trees which produce ‘helicopter seeds’: field maple, ash, sycamore, and Norway maple. The term was coined based on the way the seeds spiral through the air as they fall from the tree. Other nicknames for these winged seeds include spinning jenny, whirligig, whirlybird and wing-nut. Many trees produce winged seeds, but there are only three helicopter-type seeds you are likely to encounter on your nature walks.
They are field maple, Norway maple and sycamore. These can be identified by looking at the size of the seed and the angle between the seeds held together in a pair. Let’s see what they look like. Dec 14, Maple Helicopter Factories Many maple trees produce samaras, and the seed of each species is slightly different. The silver maple (Acer saccharinum). May 23, The fruits of maple trees (Acer spp.) are called samaras, but kids of all ages call them helicopters.
Each seed has its own little"wings" that allow it to spiral downward and plant itself in the soil below. Maples aren't the only species that produce samaras, but their helicopters fly. May 02, Maple Tree Helicopter Seeds Falling.