Acer × Pacific Sunset™
Pacific Sunset Maple
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.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden