Acer pseudoplatanus Eskimo Sunset is a Sycamore maple with outstanding leaf color spring through summer. Each leaf seems unique and exquisite. This is a relatively fast growing maple that loves sun to partial shade. In the sun the underneath side of each leaf is purple. The top color of the leaves varies from leaf to leaf and the leaves are larger than most Japanese Maples. Fall color shows some light tones of yellow, but it is pretty plain. The height and width in 10 years may be 10′ tall and 6′ wide.
Eskimo Sunset has a moderate growth rate and has a very nice shape when helped by a little pruning. I would like to remind my customers that one or two branches shooting out two or three feet beyond the normal shape of the maple is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune off 50% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want it to grow. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -30 degrees, USDA zone 4.
I have two Eskimo Sunset maples planted in my landscape. One is at the front of my driveway opposite of my Eastfork Nursery sign. It has grown tall and narrow due to competition from other native trees. In the sunlight you can see the undersides of the leaves light up lavender to purple. My second Eskimo Sunset was planted in a shadier area where I hope to keep is smaller to enjoy the leaf variegations at eye level.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.