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Norwegian Sunset Maple

Acer 'Norwegian Sunset'

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Norwegian Sunset Maple (Acer 'Norwegian Sunset') at North Branch Nursery

Norwegian Sunset Maple in fall

Norwegian Sunset Maple in fall

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Norwegian Sunset Maple (Acer 'Norwegian Sunset') at North Branch Nursery

Norwegian Sunset Maple

Norwegian Sunset Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Brand:  J. Frank Schmidt


A smaller hybrid maple allied to the Norway maple, this variety features a strong, oval habit of growth and more reliable fall color than the typical Norway maple, also somewhat more drought tolerant; a fine shade tree for smaller yards

Ornamental Features

Norwegian Sunset Maple is covered in stunning racemes of lemon yellow flowers along the branches in early spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Norwegian Sunset Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Norwegian Sunset Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Norwegian Sunset Maple will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features