Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’

Crimson King Maple

 

Colonial Village Lane, Lancaster PA

 

Len Eiserer

 

In what is surely one of the most un- usual street plantings in the county, some 88 Crimson King Maples line mile-long Colonial Village Lane.  This street could thus be crowned Lan- caster’s Avenue of Kings.

 

The purplish Norway Maple cultivar was discovered in Belgium among a crop of seedlings in 1937 and then made its way to America 10 years later. With a classic maple shape, the leaves retain their rich maroon throughout the summer.

 

This amazing cultivar is favored as a street tree because it’s a slower grow-ing and more compact version of Acer platanoides, and it also provides won- derful color contrast with nearby trees.