Acer × freemanii 'Armstrong'
Common name: 
Armstrong Maple
A-ser free-MAN-e-i
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, upright, narrow, 50-70 ft (15-21 m) tall and 15 ft (4.5 m) wide.  Bark silver gray.  Leaves 5-lobed, rather deeply cut, appear intermediate between Red and Silver maple but tending toward Silver maple characteristics, fall color reportedly erratic, poor, yellow-orange.  A female clone, so it produces fruit.
  • Sun
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4
  • Jacobson (1996, p.18) provides the following on ‘Armstrong’:  "The original specimen was bought for $5 from a farmer near Hartgrove, OH, by Newton G. Armstrong (d. 1963) of Armstrong Tree Service, Windsor, OH.  Mr. Armstrong in 1948 told his friend Ed Scanlon about it.  Propagated by Scanlon nursery in 1949, but only offered in quantity by 1955-56".
  • Armstrong Two™  -  possibly more dense, tighter form than 'Armstrong', reportedly has better fall color (orange-red), however, some authorities do not see any differences.
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    plant habit and foliage, fall

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    leaf, fall

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    trunk, bark

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    winter twigs, buds