Growing Zones: 4-7 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-7 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 40-50 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 25-35 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CT, IL, ME, MA, NH
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.
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Crimson King Maple
It appeared a little dry upon arrival and had very few leaves. It has perked up considerably since planted.
Love this tree
Got my trees and planted them the next day . Ben two weeks and they are doing just GRAT.
Crimson king maple
Tree came in great packaging. Followed planting direction and now on its way to being the king. Thanks
Love this tree
Arrived healthy and happy and is great addition to my yard. I have received lots of compliments from my neighbors!
Planting & Care
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.
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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 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.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|