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Crimson King Norway Maple

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Crimson King Norway Maple (Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’) -One of the most cherished purple-leaf landscape trees, holding its foliage color well throughout the season; a dense shade tree best used as a prominent color accent.

Newer hybrids, such as the Crimson Sunset Maple have removed some of the negative characteristics of Norway Maples.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
50 feet
Average Landscape Width:
40 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Acer
Species:
platanoides
Cultivar:
Crimson King
Flower Color:
lemon
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
burgundy
Fall Color:
dark purple
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
decurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Crimson King Norway Maple has attractive burgundy deciduous foliage on a tree with a round habit of growth. The lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. It is bathed in stunning corymbs of lemon yellow flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves.

Landscape Attributes

Crimson King Norway Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Crimson King Norway Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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