Acer pseudoplatanus 'ATROPURPUREUM'

Acer pseudoplatanus
Acer pseudoplatanus 'ATROPURPUREUM'
sycamore tree
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green and burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Sycamore trees are our native plants. Their various cultivars find their use perhaps in all types and sizes of gardens. Still, there are gardeners who complain about some varieties with attractive foliage that is difficult to appreciate because the leaves are high in the crown. Well, get ready for a change – Atropurpureum offers quite the opposite.

This maple bears large leaves that are dark green on the upper side and velvety burgundy red on the reverse. And this is what you can see when looking up in the crown – deep burgundy red leaves. The green part of the leaves are seen only when the branches get longer and bend a little. In autumn leaves change to orange and gold. The tree is densely branched and compared to other trees with striking foliage this one looks like a respectable man with a good taste.

It grows fast when young, making an oval crown that changes to rounded with age and offers a good portion of shade. It is soil adaptable, provided it is well-drained. Grow it in full sun. It can take air-pollution, cold and wind. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 28-07-2011

Acer pseudoplatanus
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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