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Crimson King Maple

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This maple tree stands out among others, in the spring through fall, because of its deep purple leaves. It shows off a lovely display of purple-yellow blooms each March or April.

*images shown are of mature plants

Crimson King Maple

Unique Deep Purple Foliage


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $ 7.00 each

Ships Mon, Dec 29th
List: $ 149.90
Sale: $ 97.44
6 at $ 92.57 each
Crimson King Maple
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Maple Trees 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 Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 12.94
Planting Mix for Maple Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Crimson King Maple get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. 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 for acid loving plants. 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.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
Crimson King Maple
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 need nutrition.

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

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

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.










Growing Zones: 4-7

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 25-35 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-7
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-7
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant 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.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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!
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
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
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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
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Love my Crimson Maple. Has grown and now has beautiful purple brown leaves . Healthy tree you sent me .Thankyou
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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!
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October 1, 2014
From New york, NY, US
I bought two last year and they are doing wonderful! Absolutely beautiful!!!
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December 31, 2012
1 year 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.
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December 31, 2012
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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
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A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Rabbits. They killed three of my trees the same way.The trees that we got from fast growing trees were dead when we got them and they Will Not respond to our emails. At least you could enjoy them for a while.
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what should I give the crimson to help it grow as yet it hardly grows at all ?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: i used bone meal and this fall spikes
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will this tree grow in northern ontario-zone 2 or 3 ?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: This is our second tree purchase. 1st maple didn't survive. This one is struggling to grow.
Reply · Report · Doreen P on May 31, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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can i plant this tree in december?
vivian h on Nov 15, 2014
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Is there any kind of guarantee?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: We do guarantee our plants with an optional one year warranty. Please refer to the link below for more details.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 27, 2014
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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
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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.
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What do you do about top heavy trees?
Nancy A on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: sorry I can't help my crimson king maples have grown out evenly. beautiful shade trees
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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.
Reply · Report · Nichole O on Jul 23, 2014
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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.
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Does this type of tree have the seeds that blow all over the yard?
A shopper on Jul 2, 2014
Best Answer: We are very happy with our purchases from fast growing trees, and I do not notice any seeds that blow off which you express your concern for.
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how far should i plant the maple tree from leech lines?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 13th
  Zone 6 March 30th
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99+ ~32%

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Maple Tree before pruning Maple Tree after pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose before pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose after pruning

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.