Acer × Pacific Sunset™
Common name: 
Pacific Sunset Maple
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 30 ft (9 m) tall and 25 ft (7.6 m) wide, upright spreading crown.  Leaves intermediate in appearance between its parents, to about 25 cm long × 20 cm wide, 5-7 lobes, basal lobes pointed outward, very glossy dark green above, lighter below; fall color from yellow-orange to bright red (colors earlier than Norwegian Sunset™).  Fruit (samaras) 4-5 cm long, the seeds are viable.
  • Sun to part shade, more heat and drought tolerant than a Norway Maple.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4b         Developed by Keith Warren at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery, Boring, Oregon and introduced as Pacific Sunset™  (P.P. 7433) in 1989, it resulted from a cross of Acer truncatum x Acer platanoides.  In comparison to a related "sister" cultivar, Norwegian Sunset™, it is slightly shorter, has a finer branch structure, is more spreading, and slightly brighter fall color.
  • Corvallis: on the south side of Van Buren Ave. just east of 31st St.; southeast corner of 8th St. and Madison Ave.
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

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    flower clusters and flower

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    plant habit, summer

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    developing fruit and leaf

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

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    leaf, fall

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    twigs and buds, winter