Sycamore Maple 'Eskimo Sunset'

Acer pseudoplatanus

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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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


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


San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Aurora, Colorado

Riverside, Illinois

Bethesda, Maryland

Bismarck, North Dakota

Beloit, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 stil... read more


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?




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,


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.


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


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.


On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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