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ACER pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'

Image of Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'

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Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'

Plant Common Name

Sycamore Maple

General Description

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 the dwarf cultivar 'Brilliantissimum' open bright pink and age to yellow green and then lime-green. They may turn yellow in fall. The yellow-green, later pinkish-tan, two-winged fruits – known as samaras – drop from the tree in helicopter fashion. They are preceded by inconspicuous spring flowers. Introduced circa 1900, this cultivar grows slowly into a dwarf, globose or conical tree. It is usually topgrafted on a trunk.

Happy in almost any well-drained soil, sycamore maple 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). Use 'Brilliantissimum' as featured specimen in a lawn or park.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m

  • Width

    8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Light Pink, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green

  • Bark Color

    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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes