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ACER pseudoplatanus 'Atropurpureum'
An adaptable and variable deciduous tree from Europe and West Asia, sycamore maple is named for its foliage, which resembles that of planetree. The three- to five-lobed leaves of 'Atropurpureum' open burgundy-purple and mature to green with purple undersides. They may turn yellow in fall. The purple, two-winged fruits – known as samaras – drop from the tree in helicopter fashion. They are preceded by inconspicuous spring flowers. Introduced in 1883, this cultivar grows relatively rapidly into a medium to large, dome-shaped tree with flaky gray bark.
Happy in almost any well-drained soil, this tough tree does well in sun or partial shade and tolerates drought and salt spray. It often self-sows in favorable environments, sometimes to the point of invasiveness (its sale is banned in Massachusetts and other areas). Seedlings often are true to type. Use it as a shade tree or featured specimen for large properties or difficult sites.
This cultivar is sometimes listed under the name 'Spaethii.'
8 - 1
5 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
50'-80' / 15.2m - 24.4m
Europe, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Yellow Green
Purple, Dark Green
Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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