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Crimson Sunset Maple is an excellent tree for city streets.

Tree of the Month: Crimson Sunset Maple

By Leonard Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


Trade Name: Crimson Sunset Maple


Botanical Name: Acer truncatum x A. platanoides ‘JFS-KW202’


Parentage: Hybrid, introduced by J. Frank Schmidt & Son


Year of Introduction: 2009


Family: Aceraceae


Hardiness Zone*: 5 – 8


Height: 35 to 40 feet


Spread: 25 to 35 feet


Growth Rate: Moderate, 35 feet tall in 30 years


Form: Upright oval


Bloom Period: May


Flower: Greenish-yellow


Fruit: Samara, greenish ripening to light brown


Spring Color: Mid-green


Summer Foliage: Glossy; 5 lobes; deep purple in summer; resembles Crimson King Maple; and the foliage keeps a fresh, glossy look into late summer because it is more heat resistant


Autumn Foliage: Maroon to reddish-bronze; improved over Crimson King


Winter Interest: Bark provides winter interest


Bark: Purple tinged when young; gray/brown with age


Habitat: Midwest


Culture: Excellent heat tolerance; drought tolerance; grows in most soils; full sun


Pest Resistance: No problems


Storm Resistance: Excellent


Salt Resistance: Good to excellent


Planting: Easy to transplant, especially bare root; suitable for use in CU-Structural Soil


Pruning: Seldom needs pruning


Propagating: Budded or grafted


Design Uses: Specimen for lawn or park, street and residential


Companions: Use with evergreen shrubs planted the year after planting the tree


Other Comments: Excellent tree for city streets; similar to Crimson King Maple in shape, growth rate, branch structure and leaf shape; slightly more compact with improved density compared to Crimson King


Available From: Larger nurseries that carry new introductions


 


For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England – Zone 6. Leonard Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com.

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