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Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

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Growing Zones: 4-7
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-7
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

25-35 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

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Unique Deep Purple Foliage

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.

Autumn is a great time to plant maple trees. As cooler weather approaches they will drop their leaves, and focus completely on root growth. This allows them to get an excellent head start on growth for next year.

After a long hot and humid summer here, our leaves are tired and may be showing some spotting and signs of stress. This is simply a cosmetic concern, and will not affect the overall health of the trees. The old leaves will fall soon, and the new growth in spring will be fresh and new.

If you do not see a full show of color your first year, do not be alarmed. Maple trees can take 1-2 years to acclimate to your climate in order to get the deepest color possible.

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Customer Reviews

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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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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!
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
I bought two last year and they are doing wonderful! Absolutely beautiful!!!
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
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
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
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Crimson king maple
Tree came in great packaging. Followed planting direction and now on its way to being the king. Thanks
July 29, 2015
over 2 years ago
Love my Crimson Maple. Has grown and now has beautiful purple brown leaves . Healthy tree you sent me .Thankyou
January 1, 2013

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.

Planting & Care

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? Store
Color of the leaves and quality of the shade it will provide
Melvin O on Jun 15, 2017
The Crimson King Maple is a beautiful tree and a hardy tree. My dad loves these trees and this is a memorial tree to him.
Donald K on May 26, 2017
Color of the leaves and quality of the shade it will provide
Melvin O on Jun 15, 2017
Their leaves are colorful all summer, not just in the fall.
Mountain man Wayne on Jun 12, 2017
The Crimson King Maple is a beautiful tree and a hardy tree. My dad loves these trees and this is a memorial tree to him.
Donald K on May 26, 2017
It has a striking beauty to me.
Rachel G on May 25, 2017
color is gorgeous and provides lots of shade
marilyn d on May 9, 2017
very pretty always wanted on
david d on May 5, 2017
Love the continuous color, rather than just seeing green all of the time.
Melissa H on Apr 28, 2017
I love the beauty of this type of tree.
Phillip M on Apr 24, 2017
Looked pretty
Kristine C on Apr 21, 2017
Most beautiful tree, God has created!!!1
Connie W on Apr 14, 2017
Love the color.
De Linda H on Aug 18, 2016
Robin L on Aug 5, 2016
i love the shape of the tree and the beautiful co.ored leaves!!
patricia s on Jul 27, 2016
Favorite tree
Kenneth G on Jul 26, 2016
I love the color and hardiness of this tree. This will be our second one in the yard.
Pamela M on Jul 16, 2016
summer color and size potential
Marja W on Jul 9, 2016
color, heartiness, size
james m on Jul 8, 2016
always loved the look of these trees
albert m on Jun 29, 2016
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
Their leaves are colorful all summer, not just in the fall.
Mountain man Wayne on Jun 12, 2017
It has a striking beauty to me.
Rachel G on May 25, 2017
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
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.
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I had a similar problem and I am pretty sure it's rabbits.
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.
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.
When do leaves emerge on crimson king. It's April and ours have not yet come out?
Faith S on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The leaves will begin to appear in the last week of April/early May if you are at the same latitude and climate as Lansing, Michigan. Ours have done this consistently for the last five years.
Is it safe to spray round up to the grass growing under my Crimson King Maples?
Bob D on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i think the better choice would be to remove the grass by hand then lay down a liner to prevent grass and weeds from growing i cover the liner with mulch and wood chips.just for info this is the second year since planting and the growth is starting to really show this year.
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 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.
My tree has little saplings growing from the bottom near the dirt. Is that healthy?
Shannon H on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No shannon it is not healthy, the saplings around the base will just try and take the nutrients away from the main tree, you need to keep them cut off, Rick
Have you heard of a Brilliance Maple?
Troy F on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No I haven't.
I want to plant in Veracruz Mexico, can I do ?
Román B on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-7. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How do they make chlorophyll?
Polly W on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All plants contain chlorophyll. Plants that have coloured leaves simply contain additional colour pigments that dominate or mask over the green.
I've had my crimson king for about 13 years now and it's still small as it was when I first bought it. What can I do to get it to grow?
Nakia M on Jul 7, 2017
How big is the tree when it arrives?
Michelle Street P on Jun 9, 2017

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