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Princeton Gold Maple

Acer platanoides 'Princeton Gold'

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Princeton Gold Maple (Acer platanoides 'Princeton Gold') at Moana Nursery

Princeton Gold Maple

Princeton Gold Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Princeton Gold Maple (Acer platanoides 'Princeton Gold') at Moana Nursery

Princeton Gold Maple foliage

Princeton Gold Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A beautiful shade tree which features bright golden yellow foliage in spring that retains its coloration over the entire season; tough and durable, makes a good street tree as well; protect bark from sunscald when young

Ornamental Features

Princeton Gold Maple has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The lobed leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It is smothered in stunning corymbs of lemon yellow flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Princeton Gold Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Princeton Gold Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Princeton Gold Maple will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.