Street Trees Part 1 – Acer (Maple)

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This week’s selection comes from the Maple family. Red maples have dominated our tree lawns and streets for several decades. They are fine trees with good fall color and durability. But there are others I suggest you consider:

Acer campstre ‘Hedge King


hedge king


and Acer campestre ‘Emerald Splendor


emerald splendor


are 2 trees to consider along with other Hedge Maples. The group tends to be low growing with corky bark.


bark 1


They make an excellent lawn specimen and/or street tree. Some concerns have been raised concerning the potential to reseed and therefore have the potential to be aggressive but this seems to be a regional issue. 


Another maple to consider is Acer miyabei ‘State Street


state street


a Morton Arboretum introduction which is heat, drought, and salt tolerant. It has a great branching habit for a street tree.


state street branch


Acer griseum is becoming more popular as a small specimen tree with year-round appeal.


Acer griseum


It has exfoliating bark in the winter,


A. griseum bark


good summer foliage and a red to scarlet fall color.


A. griseum fall


Acer griseum x ‘Gingerbread and A. griseum x ‘Girard’s Hybrid’ are both great cultivars.


A.g. tree form


Acer truncatum x Acer platanoides ‘Keithsform, is Norwegian Sunset Maple is being used in the Cincinnati area as a street tree.


A. pacific sunset


has a great fall color.


pacific fall color


Acer truncatum x A. platanoides 'Warrenred' Pacific Sunset™ has outstanding fall color as well.


Pacific Sunset


Three more maples you may want to consider are Acer tataricum, Tatarian Maple


tatar maple


 Acer triflorum, Three-flowered Maple


triflorm small


and Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple.


A. buer


The takeaway is there are more maples out there than Acer rubrum! Consider some mentioned as alternatives.