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Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

Product Details Price Quantity
#5 Container $109.50
Ships Week of 03/31/21

How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

Why not get fall foliage all year long? The Crimson King Maple is a medium sized shade tree that provides its valuable sun blocking shade with the added advantage of rich purple leaves. From spring to fall, you will be the beneficiary of bold burgundy leaves. In spring, this Maple will also provide you maroon yellow, showy blooms that complete the color palate. Gardeners love the Crimson King Maple not only for its color and shade, but also because it is tolerant of both drought and air pollution. As such, many landscapers choose to plant these Maples along city streets. Although it prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil, the Crimson King Maple is a tolerant tree, quickly adapting to a variety of soils and partial shade. Plant one of these vivacious Maples in your yard today. Summer shade and beautiful color is just a sapling away!


The Crimson King Maple has two callings in the landscaping world: ornamental beauty and shade producing power. Standing between 30 and 40 feet tall, the Crimson King Maple is the perfect height for offering shade from the summer sun’s hot rays. It’s easy to image yourself curling up with a good book or light magazine during the hot August months underneath the Crimson King Maple’s shade. There’s more, though; the Crimson King Maple is so-named because of its three-season beauty. Purple leaves turn a deep crimson-burgundy in fall, offering the ornamental beauty of an accent tree with the usefulness of a shade tree. The Crimson King Maple is also no stranger to poor soil, poor air quality, or hot, dry weather. Soil adaptive, air pollutant tolerant, drought resistant, and heat tolerant, the Crimson King Maple is king of the shade trees.

Moderate to fast growth; between 1 and 2 feet a year.

The growth rate of the Crimson King Maple Tree varies based on location, planting conditions, watering schedules, and daily care.

The Crimson King Maple Tree is one of The Tree Center’s favorites. But why should you consider it for your shade and ornamental needs? The Crimson King Maple is a popular and valuable tree for many reasons. The growth rate of this Maple fit perfectly in with the needs of many homeowners, who are looking for a sturdy, yet fairly fast growing tree. If the growth rate is too fast, frequently the limbs are prone to breakage. The moderately fast growth of the Crimson King Maple means it will both gain height rapidly while still maintaining structural integrity.

The color of the Crimson King Maple Tree is likely its most valuable asset. Few other trees provide such constant seasonal interest. In spring and summer, when everything else is monotonous and green, the Crimson King Maple Tree will delight you and the passerby with its rich, bold colors. Landscapers love to plant this Maple alongside a backdrop of green, since the color contrast is attractive and unique.

Drought and heat tolerant, the Crimson King Maple Tree does well throughout the United States, even in areas where dry, hot weather kills off lesser trees. But unlike many drought-resistant trees, the Crimson King Maple Tree also grows well in northern climates of the United States. It is one of the few trees that adapts well to large portions of American landscape!

The tolerance of the Crimson King Maple extends to other growing conditions as well. Though the tree prefers well-draining, slightly acidic soil, it adapts easily to a variety of soil conditions. Though best in full sun, the Crimson King Maple will happily grow its stunning leaves in partial shade, too. This versatile and good-natured tree is just what the landscaper ordered!

The Crimson King Maple usually reaches between 30 and 40 feet tall and between 20 and 40 feet wide, making it a perfect shade tree.

Be wary! There are false Crimson King Maple Trees available from cheap nurseries or self-proclaimed arborist. These replacements are cheaper varieties and will not offer the well-respected color, growth, and shade the real Crimson King has to offer. These nurseries replace the high-quality Maple with low-quality, bare-rooted varieties that will lack the very qualities for which you are considering the tree!

The Tree Center provides the highest-quality Crimson King Maple Trees. Our specimens receive highly trained care from botanists and arborists who love the trees with which they work. This tender care during the initial stages of growth is then transferred to you, where with your proper planting and daily care, the true Crimson King Maple Tree reigns freely.

Besides buying your tree from The Tree Center, the best method for ensuring successful, happy growth revolves around planting and daily care. Find a location for your Crimson King Maple Tree, preferably in full sun with moist, well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice the size of the tree’s root ball. The hole should be 1 inch less deep than the height of the root ball, since the tree will settle over time. Hold the tree vertically in the soil. Backfill the hole with soil and water, preferably alternating with a shovel full of each. Once the tree is secured in the hole, add a 3-inch layer of mulch surrounding the base of the tree in a 3-foot radius. Water immediately.

The Crimson King Maple Tree has been declared hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 7. Although these trees will adapt to a variety of soil conditions, they prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soil. If you are unsure about the soil in the given planting location, you can have the soil tested.

For the most part, the Crimson King Maple Tree needs no special care in order to ensure its growth. Poor soil, poor air quality, and even moderate droughts will not affect the tree significantly. The Crimson King Maple is not susceptible to insect infestations. Verticillium wilt can affect the plant, and a shallow root system can lead to uprooting of either the tree or local landscaping. Using a 3-inch layer of mulch is the best way to ensure solid rooting.

The Tree Center has a wide range of Crimson King Maple Trees available – but hurry! Our supplies are limited and the many positive traits of this spectacular Maple mean it may not be around for long. Act now to buy your Crimson King Maple Tree from the best in the business: The Tree Center. Visit us today!

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Crimson King Maple

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'

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