A NORWAY MAPLE whose leaves are dark, glistening crimson throughout the spring and summer is horticultural news that opens all opportunities for new landscaping effects. The form known as Schwedler maple has made an effort toward this rewarding goal, but its red changes to green with the arrival of summer. Finally, along comes the postwar variety Crimson King, which really fills the bill. As a result, it is making headlines such as no other new tree has achieved in years.
Crimson King, whose full official name is Acer platanoides Schwedleri nigra, is a true Norway in form, hardiness, and ease of culture, All it needs to develop its full beauty is reasonably good soil and drainage, sunlight, and ample space to grow tall and broad. The shade cast during the warm months is deep and refreshing, while proper shaping during its nursery years guarantees that no branch will be low enough to get in anyone’s way. As for possible trouble with plant insect pests or diseases, well, there is no more reason to anticipate it than with any other form of Norway.So much for practical considerations. Now let’s look at some of the ways of utilizing Crimson King’s unusual display assets to best advantage.
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