Armstrong Gold Maple

Botanical Name: Acer rubrum ‘Armstrong Gold’

Alternate Name: Armstrong Gold Columnar Maple

The Armstrong Gold Maple is a medium sized, deciduous maple, which grows to the height of 40 feet with a spread of 12 feet. It is a cultivar of Acer rubrum, otherwise known as the Red Maple. Red Maples are native to the Eastern United States and Canada. They are found growing in the area ranging from Quebec to Florida and are found as far west as Minnesota and Texas. 

Red Maples have a good tolerance for many different environments, and the Armstrong Gold Maple is no exception. It adapts to both wet and dry conditions. They also tend to be fairly fast growers.

Acer ‘Armstrong Gold’ is an updated cultivar of  ‘Armstrong.’ It has improved, brighter foliage color and more compact branching – ‘Armstrong’ has a somewhat leggy branching habit. The narrow spread of this tree makes it a popular and versatile choice for small spaces, narrow gardens, and parkways.

The foliage is a shiny, attractive mid-green. The leaves are some of the earliest to change in the fall, and they provide a spectacular display – glowing bright yellow, orange, and red. The flowers are red and appear in the spring followed by red winged samaras, which contribute to the ornamental quality of Acer ‘Armstrong Gold’.


Height: 40 ft.

Width: 12 ft.

Shape: Columnar/Oval, Fastigiate

Flower Color: Red

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Yellow

Features: Compact habit useful for narrow sites, spectacular orange and red fall color

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Well drained soil, tolerates wet or dry soils

Growth Rate: Fast

USDA Zone: 4

Uses: Urban tree, street tree, lining driveways, wind break, parkways, screening for narrow spaces

Similar trees: Acer platanoides ‘Crimson Sentry,’ Acer platanoides ‘Columnar,’ Acer platanoides ‘Columnarbroad’