Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'




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The Crimson King Maple is a cultivar of the Norway Maple.  

Family:  Aceraceae

Native or Introduced to Illinois:  introduced 

Leaf:  `Crimson King' has purple leaves that retain their color all summer. The leaves are opposite, simple, and palmately-veined, 5 to 7 lobed with long pointed "teeth", exudes milky white sap from the petiole when detached, dark crimson purple, paler below. 

Flower:  Appear in early spring, before leaves; yellow-green in color, with male and female usually on different trees.

Fruit:  Widely divergent 2-winged samaras, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long in clusters, relatively flat seed cavity, mature in summer.  Crimson purple in color.

Twig:  Stout, with a large, turban-shaped, green to purple (fall and winter) terminal bud.

Bark:  Gray to brown, corky, on older trees shallowly furrowed with long narrow, somewhat interlacing ridges.

Size/Form/Shape:  Medium-sized tree, usually with a dense rounded crown.

Other:   Widely used for its very dense foliage and rich maroon leaf color throughout the growing season, reaches 40 to 50 feet. 



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