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Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
Crimson King Maple
Crimson King Maple
Crimson King Maple
Crimson King Maple
Crimson King Maple
Crimson King Maple
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Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

Dark Purple Foliage Makes this Shade Tree a Real Winner!

  • Hardy and Low Maintenance
  • Super Unique Shade tree
  • Brings out more color in the landscape
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Product Details

growing zone 3-7 Growing Zones 3-7
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 30-40 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Growth Rate fast
Fall Color Yellow
Bloom Color Yellow
Shipping Restriction AZ

Enjoy adding purple color to your home with the Crimson King Maple! This unique Maple Tree is one of a kind. It is a strong maple that really brings a different look to your landscape.

This Maple gets up to 30 to 40 feet tall and grows in most areas. It's not fussy about where its planted and just wants to grow. The Crimson King Maple is a great choice if you don't need anymore green and are looking for something different.

This tree grows in zones 3 to 7. Plant your Crimson King in full to part sun. This hardy maple is adaptable to almost any soil and is extremely low maintenance. You won't need to break your back to enjoy this stunning, shade tree.

During the spring, the Crimson King will push out small maroon-yellow flowers that give way to purple samaras. Enjoy rich crimson-purple leaves all summer long! The fall color of the Crimson King Maple tree is a bronze-yellow.

The Crimson King Maple makes a great Gift Tree! Order one today!

Crimson King Maple FAQ

How Fast Does This Maple Tree Grow Per Year?

Expect this maple to grow at a medium to fast rate of 12-24" per year. At maturity this tree will reach heights of 35-45 feet.

When Can You Expect The Crimson King To Bloom?

Maple trees will bloom between March and June. This tree will produce a crown filled with flowers in spring and dark maroon leaves in the fall season.

Where Should You Plant This Maple?

Plant in a spot that has full sun to part shade exposure in grow zones 4-7. This maple is adaptable to a variety of soils types including well drained, loamy, slightly acidic and slightly akaline.

Crimson King Maple Care

When planting your Crimson King Maple tree be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Maple almost any time of the year.

These trees tolerate full to part sun and prefer soil that is well-drained, slightly acidic, and nutrient rich. However, Maples will adapt to a variety of soils. If you have alkaline soil, you can amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution for increasing acidity. Mulching will also aid in keeping the roots cool and moist. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Maples should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist. Maples can tolerate a wet area, but they shouldn't be in standing water. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Maple trees don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. Maples are salt intolerant so keep them away from road sides in cooler climates and beach areas as well as any area known for soils with high salinity.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Scale and Aphids are insects that can affect Maples. You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Occasionally fungal issues can arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating some fungal diseases and pests. It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective.

Landscape ideas

The Crimson King Maple tree is a lovely tree for just about any yard. This maple has a mature height of 40 feet and width around 30 feet. Plant 1, 2, or 3 in your front or backyard as individual specimen trees or a small grouping or plant a row to line your backyard or a long driveway. Space your maple hedge so that each tree has at least 12 feet on either side. This tree offers superb and unique color and excellent shade.

For additional options, be sure to browse our Maple tree and Shade tree collection.

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