Derived from ‘Crimson King’ in Oregon in the mid 1970s , this far smaller tree is far more appropriate as a garden tree with its stubby ascending branches supporting purple / red leaves that can give great contrast without taking over valued space in restricted areas.
It is a tough tree, thriving on most free draining soils light or heavy. Visually very striking, emerging leaves are more red than crimson and autumn turns them to a mix of orange and reds before leaf fall. We quite often grow this tree as a low crowned half standard as its columnar shape is best shown off with the lower branches retained.
It produces clusters of yellow flowers in early spring when it matures.
Mature height 12-17m
Mature spread: 5-8m