Maple (not Japanese) for Best Reliable Fall Color in Pacific NW?

wynswrld98(z7 WA)August 8, 2010

I'd like to add a Maple Tree (not Japanese Maple) to my yard here in Puyallup (Seattle/Tacoma WA area), am curious to hear from those in this area that have grown Maples as to which provide the best, most reliable fall color year after year.

Color-wise my favorite is orange/red (or bright red/scarlet).

I know there are a ton of varieties such as Autumn Blaze, Pacific Sunset, Red Sunset, October Glory, Autumn Radiance, Sugar Maple and on and on but my focus is to get the most reliable flashy fall color I can here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm looking for a medium/large tree, not a Japanese Maple.


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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Try October Glory. This will become a large tree, as in 60' plus, in time, that like other large-growing maples will be likely to dominate the area it occupies as it grows larger - both in how it affects adjacent plantings and in how it reads as a landscape element.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 10:44PM
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If you like an intense bright red, the "red sunset" red maple is probably more of the hue you're looking for. The color doesn't last as long as october (november really) glory but in my observation they are a brighter red.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 7:25PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I grew that one for years, very colorful but I think October Glory would be a better bet.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 11:44PM
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