• Crimson King Maple for Sale


Crimson King Maple

Reg: $159.90
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1. Height

  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    These trees are originally grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

    Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

    If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing. 

    These will be the easiest trees you have every planted!  Simply dig your hole, place the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole.  That’s it!

    Drop and Grow Bare Root


2. Quantity

3. Extras

-t- Premium Planting Kit
Planting Kit Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.
Fungi Tree Guard Tree Guard
Root Rocket 24" Tree Guard Tree Staking Kit
-t- Planting Mix
Crimson King Maple Planting Mix

Helps your Crimson King Maple get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 4-7

Growing Zones 4-7 This plant is recommended for zones: 4-7
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

25-35 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

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Regular maple trees can only give you brilliant color in fall, while the Crimson King shows off it's beautiful purple leaves all summer long.

Crimson King Maples are known for their striking, rich purple foliage in colder climates... being one of the few trees to give you excellent color in the northern states.

It doesn't matter what soil you plant your trees in... your Crimson King Maples will give you beautiful color anywhere.

These trees will give you long lasting color. They keep their purple foliage from spring until fall!

Matures to a height of 40-50 ft., the perfect height for a shade tree. Your Crimson King Maple will give you dense shade, blocking the hot sun from your home and yard.

Easy to plant. Your trees will adapt to a variety of soil types and growing conditions.

Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
My crimson king maple came very professionally packed. I was able to get it in the ground within 24 hours. Ordering in March, the tree already had buds on it. After a little root stimulator, and regular watering, this tree has bloomed out wonderfully. The color is absolutely amazing. Crimson to deep purple!! Wow. This is exactly why I bought this tree. The color. All my neighbors have been commenting on how pretty it is. I am very thankful to Fast Growing Trees for their professionalism, and quality products. As soon as Im done writing this review, Im purchasing some more trees!! Thanks again for a fantastic experience
December 31, 2012
My tree arrived much later than Fast-Growing-Trees promised, with that being said, the top was bent in half and the leaves looked wilted and very dry. We planted it immediately and have given it plenty of water. Many weeks later, and the top has not straightened out, and the leaves are still wilted and dry
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
I bought two last year and they are doing wonderful! Absolutely beautiful!!!
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
This is a very healthy and hardy tree. It has done well over winter and we are very pleased with the growth so far this year. It arrived as promised and will purchase from Fast-Growing-Trees again!
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Excited to have planted this unique maple. It arrived well packaged and healthy. The growth rate is much slower than expected. Fingers crossed for significant growth this season.
December 31, 2012
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Love this tree
Arrived healthy and happy and is great addition to my yard. I have received lots of compliments from my neighbors!
October 1, 2014
New york, NY, US
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I was disappointed that the top of the tree wasn't fuller, plus the top was cut on 4 branches.
July 30, 2015
Beecher, IL, US
1 year ago
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Love my Crimson Maple. Has grown and now has beautiful purple brown leaves . Healthy tree you sent me .Thankyou
December 31, 2012
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Crimson king maple
Tree came in great packaging. Followed planting direction and now on its way to being the king. Thanks
July 29, 2015
11 months ago
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My favorite tree
Timely shipment arrived safe and sound.
We planted the next day. One is doing great, one is shriveled. Will I get a replacement?
May 24, 2016
Spring Valley, OH, US
3 weeks ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Crimson King Maple

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Crimson King Maple.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Crimson King Maple gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Crimson King Maple again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Fast-Growing-Trees.com Store
I've only seen one in Oklahoma. It is a beautiful Crimson color all year, also has a beautiful shape too. I have wanted one for a long time, but could not find one at any of tree nurseries within driving distance. I really wanted a larger one. Just glad we found you on line and I am getting one of these beautiful trees. Anna
Sign S on Apr 17, 2016
As a living memorial for my father. It was his favorite variety of maple.
Lisa W on Nov 3, 2015
I've only seen one in Oklahoma. It is a beautiful Crimson color all year, also has a beautiful shape too. I have wanted one for a long time, but could not find one at any of tree nurseries within driving distance. I really wanted a larger one. Just glad we found you on line and I am getting one of these beautiful trees. Anna
Sign S on Apr 17, 2016
Xmas gift for my husband he loves these trees
Britt G on Nov 29, 2015
As a living memorial for my father. It was his favorite variety of maple.
Lisa W on Nov 3, 2015
Beautiful summer tree
Michael K on Aug 22, 2015
Xmas gift for my husband he loves these trees
Britt G on Nov 29, 2015
Beautiful summer tree
Michael K on Aug 22, 2015
How fast does the King Maple grow?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Crimson King Maple Tree grows about 2 feet per year.
how far from drain pipe should crimson maple be planted?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: from what i have seen the roots donot spred out that much ,for a maple
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I had a similar problem and I am pretty sure it's rabbits.
are leaves green on very young red maples?
Carmen R on Jun 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The new leaf shoots can start off green, but quickly turn dark purple.
will this tree grow in northern ontario-zone 2 or 3 ?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: That is a little cold for this tree. It is recommended from growing zones 4-7.
how far should i plant the maple tree from leech lines?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would plant it 20ft from the leech lines.
I previously asked the question about planting this tree in December. I live in Charlotte, NC. Do you think it's ok to plant the tree in December? I want it to be a Christmas gift.
vivian h on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes. As long as the ground isn't frozen it's perfectly fine to plant this tree in December.
how much water does this tree need?
Lisa A on Jul 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: During its formative years, your maple will require weekly watering of at least 1½ inches of water. Even as it matures, your tree will still need plenty of water during the summer months. Be sure, though, to water correctly. Light green leaves are a sign of over-watering, while drooping leaves signify both over-watering and under-watering.
I want to plant The Crimson King Maple tree in front of my house but I don't want it to get too full to where it will cover the whole front area when looking at the house from the road. Does this tree get very wide?
Leslie T on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Leslie t, from the trees I've seen on other homes and at the golf course the tree will become full on top but with proper trimming you can keep it from over whelming the front of the house, i offset the planting of the tree more to one side of the front of my property lot. my tree is just coming into its second year of growth, still hard to tell what is going look like at ten years. hope this helps.
If after planting a Crimson King you discover new growth on the base of the tree what should I do?
Ellen B on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When you find new growth at the base of your tree you should remove it as it will deter the top growth from getting the proper amount of water. You should do that with all trees. I hope this helps.
what is the best time of year to plant?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Spring is normally the best time to plant. However I bought mine mid June and planted one late June and the other is still in its container and will be planted as soon as another area of our yard is cleared which will be in the next couple of weeks. Both trees are doing well. They haven't lost any leaves and have gotten a bit of new growth. It's best if they don't get full sun all day when they are young but will still do ok if so. They just seem to do better if shaded from the late afternoon sun when young.
Does red Crimson
Maple trees drop sap ?
Lois F on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted this tree in the late summer 2015 so it is still too soon to tell about sap. I haven't seen any on my neighbor's similar trees.
Does this tree need fertilizer? We planted it last summer and it looks great. I just want to keep it looking that way. Indiana. It survived winter and boys playing football next to it! We are new to Indiana so we don't understand the weather or the soil!
Shannon H on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Shannon, we purchased the same tree Spring of 2015 (and we also live in Indiana[Indy]. Ours seems to be doing well also and survived the winter. I made sure to wrap the trunk with burlap during the harshest winter months and also placed a piece of black drainage around the base of it to keep the animals from chewing on it for food. Throughout the year I make sure it's got plenty of rainwater (rain barrel) and give it a general organic fertilizer several times. Good luck with gardening in Indiana. It can be a challenge at times.
BILL H on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hey Bill, We bought our dad a Crimson King maple tree for Father's Day last year. (June) He planted the tree the same day and it's doing GREAT! I've always heard October is the best time to plant trees but June must be ok too as long as you keep it watered!
We just lost our chokecherry tree and would like to plant another tree ASAP. What are your recommendations on removing the stump and preparing the ground for another new tree? We're interested in the red maple or the Crimson King Maple. What would be best for ND in the Red River Valley?
Connie P. in Grand Forks, ND
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I'm in the suburbs of Minneapolis and our Crimson King is doing great. It's a slow grower but the color is fantastic so far.
Does this tree "leak" sap ? The houses where I live are really close to each other n I wouldn't want sap on vehicles or homes....
Minnesota Lin on Apr 27, 2016

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