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Crimson King

Crimson King is a popular purple-leaved form of the Norway Maple species Acer platanoides.

The pale green flowers tinged with red appear first in spring, closely followed by the large characteristic 5-lobed dark purple leaves.

The tree is attractive all year-round, but is particularly impressive in the autumn, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson (especially in areas with sunny days and cold nights).

Crimson King makes a striking tree on its own, and is also very effective when planted as a contrast alongside other maples with green foliage.

Acer platanoides

Crimson King maple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £19.95
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Crimson King is a fast growing maple, likely to reach 5m within 10 years and continuing to grow thereafter.

This is a versatile tree. It prefers an open sunny situation but will cope with some shade. It is a popular street tree, on account of its fairly upright growth and tolerance of polluted environments. It is also a good choice for cold or exposed situations.

Crimson King characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flowering month:April
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Yellow / Crimson
    • Leaf colour - summer:Dark purple
    • Sunlight:Tolerates shadePrefers full sun
    • Pruning:Light prune
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Belgium
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Acer Pla Crimson King maple tree