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ACER pseudoplatanus 'Erythrocarpum'
An adaptable and variable deciduous tree from Europe and West Asia, sycamore maple is named for its foliage, which resembles that of planetree. Noted for its brightly colored fruits, 'Erythrocarpum' (which translates as "red-fruited") has been in cultivation since the early eighteenth century. The three- to five-lobed leaves are dark green, sometimes turning yellow in fall. The deep red, two-winged fruits – known as samaras – drop from the tree in helicopter fashion. They are green when young. Inconspicuous flowers precede the fruits. 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 may be true to type. Use 'Erythrocarpum' as a shade tree for large properties or difficult sites.
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
Green, Burgundy, Dark Red, Tan
Green, Dark Green
Shade Trees, Street Trees
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