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The perfect city tree!

Acer State Street®

Exceptional tolerance to urban pollution, making it the perfect tree for citites.

From the Chicagoland Grows® Collection, we bring you a uniformly branched, deciduous shade tree with ascending branches and a uniform upright oval habit, maturing to a more rounded upright habit with age. Found in the collections of The Morton Arboretum, the satin-surfaced, lobed leaves are a medium to dark green and are tatter resistant in high winds due to its heavy leaf substance. The leaves change quickly in fall to a pale golden hue similar to that of Ginkgo. This is a uniformly growing tree, making it an excellent shade tree. As the tree matures, the corky gray-and-tan bark becomes more ridged and fissured, adding to its display value. State Street™ has exceptional tolerance to urban pollution, heat, cold, and acidic or alkaline soil, and is drought tolerant once established. Easy to transplant and grow, and long-lived, it rarely needs corrective pruning thanks to its uniform growth habit. ts excellent ornamental attributes, site adaptability, and stress tolerance provides for a broad range of landscape applications in commercial, residential, and urban sites alike. Use it as a medium-to-large street tree, and in parks and residential yards as a shade tree. State Street™ is a more cold-hardy alternative to hedge maple (Acer campestre) in northern growing conditions, and is a noninvasive, and more heat- and drought-resistant alternative to Norway maple (A. platanoides). Consider it as a replacement tree for native ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) in areas infested with emerald ash borer. It can also be used as a stronger-wooded substitute for silver maple (A. saccharinum), and as a red maple (A. rubrum) and sugar maple (A. saccharum) substitute in areas where alkaline soils can induce problems with chlorosis. Awards: 2011 recipient of the Woody Ornamental Plant of the Year award, Wisconsin Nursery Association, and 2011 recipient of the Plant of Merit® (Missouri Botanical Garden) designation as an outstanding plant for the lower Midwest.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    State Street maple
  • Botanical Name

    Acer miyabei 'Morton'
  • Type

  • Origin

    Selected from the collections of The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois. The parent tree was accessioned and planted in 1929. This is a little-known species from Hokkaido in northern Japan.

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Cultural Details

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  • Size

    20-25' tall by 15' wide after 15 years, 40-50' tall by 30-35' wide at maturity
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Drought tolerant and can take acidic or alkaline soils
  • Moisture

    Drought tolerant once established
  • Disease & Pests

    Excellent pest and disease resistance. Superior high soil pH tolerance compared to red maple (A. rubrum) and sugar maple (A. saccharum).
  • Landscape Use

    Specimen, street tree, allee, urban garden
  • Propagation

    Grafting, Softwood Cuttings