Parkway Maple

Botanical Name: Acer platanoides ‘Columnarbroad’’

Alternate Name: Columnarbroad Norway Maple

The Parkway Maple, otherwise known as Acer platanoides ‘Columnarbroad,’ is a medium sized, deciduous Norway Maple with a beautiful growth habit. It has a pleasing oval to pyramidal shape, which grows to the height of 40 feet and width of 25 feet. It grows to be wider than Acer platanoides ‘Columnar.’ 

The Parkway Maple has a strong central leader with well-spaced scaffold branches. Growing in this neat and predictable manner makes it the perfect urban tree – its canopy is high enough to clear vehicles, and its limited spread enables it to be planted along boulevards and streets, as well as lining pathways in parks. 

The leaves are an attractive dark green, a typical palmate shape with lobes. The fall color transforms city streets with its bright, radiant, yellow displays.

Like other Acer platanoides cultivars, this tree is tough and hardy and adaptable to different soil conditions. The Parkway Maple is also tolerant of heat, pollution, and other adverse conditions found in urban environments. This makes it a good choice for a street tree, as it will be adjacent to gas fumes and reflected heat from roads. It is also tolerant of high winds and coastal salt spray.

The Parkway Maple is also a healthy and disease resistant tree, as it is not susceptible to Verticillium Wilt. It is deer resistant.

Category:

Height: 30-40 ft.

Width: 20-25 ft.

Shape: Oval-Pyramidal

Flower Color: Yellow-Green

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Yellow

Features: Beautiful oval-pyramidal canopy, bright yellow fall color

Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Well drained soil. Adaptable to different types of soil - clay, sand or loam. 

Growth Rate: Slow

USDA Zones: 4

Uses: Urban tree, street tree, lining driveways, wind break, coastal planting

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