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Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

Norway maple

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red, Yellow


Autumn colour



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Plant details

The Norway maple is a fast-growing tree, eventually quite large but easily pruned to confine its spread for many years. It is a handsome species, spreading to make a satisfying rounded crown and sufficiently robust to be grown in exposed positions, even as a windbreak. The foliage of 'Crimson King' (originally a seedling of A. platanoides 'Schwedleri') is quite dramatic, dark reddish brown when young, becoming crimson purple for the rest of the year. The conspicuous flowers are deep yellow, tinged with red, gathered in large clusters which decorate the tree before the leaves appear. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: platanoides

Cultivar: Crimson King

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red, Yellow

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 1800cm

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