Royal Red Norway Maple

Acer platanoides 'Royal Red'

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Royal Red Norway Maple (Acer platanoides 'Royal Red') at Chalet Nursery

Acer platanoides 'Royal Red'

Acer platanoides 'Royal Red'

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Height: 50 feet

Spread: 40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3


The hardiest purple-leaf maple, this improvement on the popular Crimson King holds its rich royal purple color well throughout the season; makes a fine accent or shade tree for larger yards

Ornamental Features:

Royal Red Norway Maple has attractive purple foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. It is covered in stunning corymbs of lemon yellow flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The furrowed black bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Royal Red Norway Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Red Norway Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Plant Characteristics:

Royal Red Norway Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Shade
Flowers Foliage Color Fall Color
Ornamental Features
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