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

Posted by wynswrld98 z7 WA (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 8, 10 at 20:07

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.

Thanks!


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RE: Maple (not Japanese) for Best Reliable Fall Color in Pacific

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 9, 10 at 22:44

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.


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RE: Maple (not Japanese) for Best Reliable Fall Color in Pacific

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.


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RE: Maple (not Japanese) for Best Reliable Fall Color in Pacific

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 10, 10 at 23:44

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


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