Maple leaf row over Canadian bank notes

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The Bank of Canada has defended the choice of maple leaf put on the country's new plastic money after claims the new notes have a foreign variety of leaf rather than a home grown one.

According to some Canadian botanists, the maple leaf on this note is not native to the country, but is in fact a Norway maple, imported from Europe.

Canada's central bank says the image is deliberately designed not to represent any particular species but to be a combination of various kinds.

Sean Blaney, a botanist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, said the leaf on the bank note was a Norway maple.

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