Acer pseudoplatanus 'Esk Sunset'
Common name: 
Eskimo Sunset Sycamore Maple
A-ser soo-do-PLAT-an-us
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf, deciduous tree/shrub, slow growing, may reach 12-15 ft (3.6-4.5 m) in 20 years.  Emerging leaves in spring are orange-pink and they then mature to shades of deep green, splashed with cream, tan, and pink, the undersides are maroon.  Fall colors are bright yellows to oranges.  Foliage color varies with sun exposure. 

  • Full sun to part shade, foliage may need protection from the summer sun in hot, dry climates, best in moist, well-drained soil

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5

  • In North America this selection is commonly referred to as the Eskimo Sunset Maple.  However, the name of this cultivar, ‘Esk Sunset’, in derived from a region in New Zealand.  The plant was discovered as a chance seedling by John Wills in his garden in the Esk Valley, which is on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island.

  • Oregon State Univ. campus: in plant border on Lower Campus, along 11th St. (between Monroe Ave. and the 11th St. Gate)

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  • spring, new leaves

    spring, new leaves

  • plant habit, early summer

    plant habit, early summer

  • leaves, early summer

    leaves, early summer

  • leaves


  • leaf


  • leaf, underside

    leaf, underside