Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
Crimson King Norway Maple
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Purple-red leaf (maroon) for most of the growing season, reddish-orange in fall. Flowers maroon-yellow and fruit also purplish.
- Sun. Probably the most vigorous of red-leafed forms. Extremely similar cultivars are ‘Ruby Red’ and ‘Goldsworth Purple’ (Jacobson, 1996, p. 41).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Originated in Belgium in 1937 from a seedling of ‘Schwedleri’, the leaves of which emerge reddish-purple, but then turn green. ‘Deborah’ is also a seedling of ‘Schwedleri’, and its leaves also emerge reddish, but in contrast to ‘Crimson King’, turn to a bronzy green during the summer. Leaf color comparison of ‘Crimson King’, ‘Deborah’, and species (green) type.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of McNary parking lot (11th St. & Jefferson).