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Acer pseudoplatanus 'Eskimo Sunset'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: pseudoplatanus (soo-doh-PLAT-uh-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Eskimo Sunset
Additional cultivar information: (aka Esk Sunset)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
4 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Feb 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A variegated form of the common urban weed tree. The foliage needs protection to keep it from crisping.

This tree becomes a pest through self-sowing. (The variegation isn't inherited.) The thirsty roots make it hard to grow other plants around it.

Planting is prohibited in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as this tree invades and impoverishes natural habitat in eastern North America and the Pacific Northwest.

Positive Chebba On Jun 11, 2012, Chebba from Grantham
United Kingdom wrote:

We live in the East Midlands in England, right on the edge of the flatland Fens and with nothing between us and the high ground of the Urals in Russia. Gardening is a windy NIGHTMARE until microclimates have been set up. 7 years ago, when we came here and had NO protection until we created it over the years, we were lucky enough to be given one of these - plus around 25 more, all different - by someone closing down his nearby Acer nursery. (He's just given us 5 more including a magnificent Trompenburg and Yookon. Woo Hoo!) Now, we stupidly planted Esk. Sunset VERY close to the house but on the southern side. It's in a bed which it shares with a Sengu-kaku and Kotonohime, a Sarcocca and stunning tree peony as well as a Pittosporum daphniphylloides and a Fatsia polycarpa! So, it's still fairly small, around 10' due to the competition - we feed them but they are all going to remain as pretty small trees, overgrown shrubs I suppose! Now, they ALL came through two horrendous winters - one of sustained -20C for at least 4 weeks, and then this last one with a shock hit of -18C (-4F) which lasted for around a week but came with almost no warning when things were still unseasonally warm. And now, in a drought and hosepipe ban, since the start of which we've been deluged with rain of biblical proportions for literally weeks, serious floods everywhere, the ES is STUNNING! She is the most eye-popping pure pink tree and we now know what she likes/hates. We are at last in love with her! In our view, this is a tree which needs a lot of water and a lot of light but hates,hates, hates sustained bright sunshine, heat and drying winds. We had a couple of bright dry days last week and the top leaves started to crinkle up. Its raining again and she's happy. Personally, hats off to anyone who can grow this tree in the heat of CA, I'd say she'd be happier in cooler states further north. But here's the thing - gardening is weird. Things defy us all. Please remember that our ES is in a bed which is rather tightly crammed - out in a spacious place she may have fared differently and my comments might be different. This is just our personal experience with ES.

Neutral billl1 On May 20, 2012, billl1 from Sarnia
Canada wrote:

We just purchased one of these trees.Looking forward to it growing.
We are trying to figure out where to plant it, Can any one tell me the canopy width?



Neutral esteve59 On May 9, 2010, esteve59 from Annapolis, MD wrote:

We had a heat wave in April 2010 and a very wild temperature swing,,,,,which I think caused it to leaf out prematurely (in the shade)
I then put it in the sun and all the leaves shrivled up and fell off,,,,
I don't know if it will make it,

Positive dmindepd On Apr 23, 2010, dmindepd from Stouffville Ontario
Canada wrote:

I bought Eskimo Sunset last summer, 2009, and did not even get it in the ground before winter set in. It sat exposed all winter and although we did not have a severe winter, many hardy plants died last year in the Toronto area. My Eskimo came through beautifully. It is just leafing out now and I have finally planted it in a spot that I lost a Japanese maple.

Neutral Zoot On Apr 15, 2010, Zoot from Birmingham, AL wrote:

Please, I live in Zone 7b central AL I've got a spot for the tree with shading except in the middle of the day and there are trees on the west side and a battered dogwood on the south east side. Can this thing make it to adulthood with this situation? Thanks Zoot

Positive karenro On Apr 29, 2009, karenro from Bethesda, MD wrote:

Beautiful in the spring and summer. In late summer our weather is hot and humid. Eskimo Sunset's leaves get a little crispy. This summer, I will water more and see if that is a remedy.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer pseudoplatanus 'Eskimo Sunset' VARIEG. SYCAMORE MAPLE Dec (z5)
A sunset to remember! The foliage of this eye-catching shade tree is splashed with pink, cream, & green all summer(on new growth).... Wonderful to look up through from your hammock!;to 40'x30'.Sun-PSh/Med


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Anselmo, California
San Leandro, California
Aurora, Colorado
Bethesda, Maryland
Bismarck, North Dakota
Beloit, Wisconsin

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