Growth Facts

Armstrong Gold® Columnar Red Maple

Acer x freemani 'JFS-KW78'
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Impeccable! The Armstrong Gold® Red Maple will rise like a spire in your landscape, creating a slim green column of dense foliage. Elegant and formal in appearance, this tree looks as though it’s been sheared into a tight elliptical shape, despite the fact that your pruners have never touched it. Armstrong Gold’s rich green foliage remains clean and healthy all season, and when nights turn frosty, the fireworks begin. Armstrong Gold’s leaves don’t really turn gold, but more of a warm golden orange color. Try to site this tree where the morning or afternoon sun will filter through the autumn leaves, and it will glow like a candle flame.

Growth Facts

The Story

Red Maple is a common forest tree throughout the eastern U.S., and many selections of this adaptable species have been made for landscapes. The original Armstrong Red Maple was discovered by Newton Armstrong of Windsor, Ohio, in 1947. Armstrong Gold® was developed by Keith Warren of J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Boring, Oregon. In 1995, Warren raised 250 seedlings from an Armstrong Maple Tree in hopes of creating an improved Armstrong. Two years later, he selected out the largest 162 trees. In 1999, he chose the three trees with the narrowest habits, and finally, he chose the overall winner. When Warren patented the new tree, it was 17 years old and 34 feet tall, but only 7 1/2 feet wide.

The Details

Armstrong Gold® Red Maple is perfect for slipping into a skinny side yard or a tight corner where another tree would outgrow its space. It makes a dramatic allée, too, when used to line a path, street, or driveway.

How to Grow

Plant your Armstrong Gold® Red Maple in a sunny site for the densest growth and most intense fall color. This plant is not too fussy about soils, though moist, well-drained soils will yield the best results. Regular water during the establishment period is especially important, so irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements® Watering System to ensure strong root development during those first couple of years. We also recommend feeding your tree annually with Elements™ Fertilizer. Like all Red Maples, Armstrong Gold® is a surface-rooting tree, so mulch it well and try to avoid disturbing the root zone. Pruning is rarely needed, and no major pests or diseases bother this low-maintenance tree.

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

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Size B Trees:

8-10' tall when delivered with well formed branching. Branching structure is in place and the tree very rarely requires staking. Grown in our #15 tree container.

Size C Trees:

10-12' tall. Grown in our #25 tree container. Well formed branching and structure. Immediate landscape impact.

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