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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:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

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 its 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 5 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 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
I bought two last year and they are doing wonderful! Absolutely beautiful!!!
January 1, 2013
over 5 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!
January 1, 2013
over 6 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
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
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
Greenwich , CT
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 3 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

Crimson King Maple Planting Diretions

The Crimson King maple tree (Acer platanoides 'Crimson King') is a very unique maple that is quite cold tolerant, drought resistant and provides year round attractive foliage. The striking, purple foliage is present on the tree from spring until fall. Best suited for USDA growing zones 4-7, the tree can take cold snaps as low as -20 degrees and is very adaptable to wide array of soil types providing there is no standing water. The crimson king prefers a full to partial sun exposure and will mature to heights of anywhere between 40-50 feet tall and 25-35 feet wide. The unique, long lasting color and mature size makes it a fantastic shade tree for your landscape!

Location: Tolerant of soggy soils, crimson maples grow nicely on any fertile soil that is not alkaline in pH. Once established, it tolerates droughts with little harm although infrequent, deep irrigation will help retain more foliage in extremely dry periods, especially in regions with hot summers. Select a spot where the tree is in full to partial sun exposure.

Planting instructions:
1) Make a hole for the maple that’s 2-3 times the width of your tree’s root ball and equal depth.
2) Remove your maple from its container and ensure root moisture.
3) Place your tree in the planting hole, keeping the top of the root ball even with the ground.
4) Spread the roots out evenly and surround them with dirt, tamping down to avoid air pockets, which can dry out the roots of your tree.
5) Fill a small amount of the soil into the hole to maintain the tree’s upright position and water thoroughly.
6) Once the water has absorbed into the root ball and surrounding soil, fill the remaining soil into the planting hole. Pack firmly and water a second time.
7) Mulch to retain soil moisture and keep competing growth away from the planting site.

Watering: During its formative years, your crimson 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 to water correctly, light green leaves are a sign of over-watering, while drooping leaves signify both over-watering and under-watering.

Fertilization: During the first growing season, use only slow-release fertilizer tablets on your new maple. Refrain from using stronger fertilization methods until your tree becomes more established. Any 10-10-10 fertilizer, such as Miracle Grow will be suitable. Fertilize your crimson maple twice a month when it is coming out of dormancy and once a month during the summer. Discontinue before the tree returns to its dormant state.

Weed Control: Do not permit weeds and lawn any closer than 2-3 feet from your maple in the first year. Pull the weeds initially, and then utilize a growing mat or mulch. Insulate the roots 2-4 inches and replenish as needed. Do not spray pesticides on a young maple, and ensure that wind does not blow chemical drift onto your tree.

Pruning: Since maple trees bleed sap when their branches are cut, the best time to prune is when the leaves have fully matured. At this time, there will be less sap. Remove all dead or dying branches. Do this before you start cutting live branches; it will give you a better idea of what your tree looks like and how many of the live branches you’re going to need to cut. Decide which branches you’re going to cut before you start cutting. Look for large branches growing at narrow angles to the main trunk, branches that are rubbing others or branches that are growing inwards and crossing others. Remove the larger branches. To do this, make the first cut all the way through the branch, at least a foot from the main tree trunk. Use two cuts; the first should begin underneath the branch and go upwards, with the second starting on the top and going down to meet the first. With the weight gone, you can finish cutting the remainder of the branch without struggling with the extra length of the branch.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I do not like helicopters that fall from traditional maples and I like the purple leaves all summer long.
Beverly H on Apr 29, 2018
Color of the leaves and quality of the shade it will provide
Melvin O on Jun 15, 2017
I do not like helicopters that fall from traditional maples and I like the purple leaves all summer long.
Beverly H on Apr 29, 2018
I've always love the color and shade these trees provide. My great grandfather had one in his yard and loved that tree growing up so much that I had to have my own and to share with my son as he grows.
Chad V on Apr 11, 2018
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
I've always love the color and shade these trees provide. My great grandfather had one in his yard and loved that tree growing up so much that I had to have my own and to share with my son as he grows.
Chad V on Apr 11, 2018
Their leaves are colorful all summer, not just in the fall.
Mountain man Wayne on Jun 12, 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Are the leaves green when they first come out? Wondering when we should expect the crimson or purple colored leaves
M C on Apr 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine are always purple/crimson,even the buds. When they first emerge from the bud there can be some green to the leaves but they always turn purple.
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.
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.

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