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Norwegian Sunset® Maple

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A lovely upright and compact ornamental tree with great form, producing deep purple summer foliage that matures to maroon-crimson in fall; a great accent tree for smaller home landscapes because of its narrow form

Crimson Sunset Maple is a great alternative, since Norwegian Sunset Maple is not as readily available.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Genus:
Acer
Cultivar:
Keithsform
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Summer Foliage Color:
Green
Fall Color:
red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Norwegian Sunset® Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its decidedly oval form. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Norwegian Sunset® Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Norwegian Sunset® Maple will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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