Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’

Crimson King Maple

 

Colonial Village Lane, Lancaster PA

 

Len Eiserer

 

In what is surely one of the most unusual 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 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 growing and more compact version of Acer platanoides, and it also provides wonderful color contrast with nearby trees.