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ACER platanoides 'Crimson King'

Image of Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER platanoides 'Crimson King'

Plant Common Name

Crimson King Norway Maple, Norway Maple

General Description

Crimson King Norway maple is a popular, fast-growing, deciduous shade tree that originates from Europe. It has a dense rounded canopy and large leaves that are very dark purple. Its thick, dark colored foliage creates extremely dense shade making it difficult to grow plants beneath. This tree is very tolerant of a wide range of sites and conditions but does best in locations with full sun to part shade and well-drain average soil. Norway maples tend to self-seed aggressively and should be planted away from gardens and natural areas. Tough and adaptable, they may be planted in urban settings as street or shade trees.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m (45)

  • Width

    30'-40' / 9.1m - 12.2m (35)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Burgundy, Dark Red, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red, Plum

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes