Also known as Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Spaethii and Acer pseudoplatanus Atropurpureum this large tree is effective in exposed windy sites as the underneath of the foliage is purple.
Introduced in the early 1860s. It tolerates air pollution and thrives in most soils and is particularly useful for coastal sites where it can make an effective defence against strong winds and salt-laden air.
There are very few varieties of tree that offer an alternative leaf colour to green that can still be planted near the coast.
As sea breezes are always a factor in these settings the contrast between the top and bottom sides of the leaves is constantly on display.
Autumn colour is also quite dramatic so one gets an ornamental quality that can lift a drab landscape for difficult and exposed sites.
Mature height: 17-22m
Mature spread: 8-12m