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ACER platanoides 'Emerald Queen'

Image of Acer platanoides 'Emerald Queen'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER platanoides 'Emerald Queen'

Plant Common Name

Emerald Queen Norway Maple, Norway Maple

General Description

Norway maple is a fast-growing deciduous shade tree native to Europe but naturalized in the United States and other areas. The cultivar 'Emerald Queen' has lush, glossy, dark green leaves that are purple-tinged when young. Fall color is yellow. The clustered yellow-green flowers – which are more abundant and conspicuous than those of many maples – are followed by winged brown seeds. This vigorous selection quickly forms an upright, oval-headed tree.

Norway maple is very tolerant of a wide range of sites and conditions but does best in locations with full sun to part shade and well-drained average soil. Its dense shade and roots and its penchant for prolific self-sowing make it a poor choice for gardens and natural areas. This tough and adaptable tree does well in urban settings.

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

  • Bloom Time

    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)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green

  • 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