Pacific Sunset maple

Asked July 15, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT

I have a Pacific Sunset Maple tree and I was told when I bought it that it would not get the helicoper/twirly seeds on it. However, it has gotten them every year since I've had it. Do you know whether they normally get these or not??

Columbia County Wisconsin trees and shrubs horticulture

1 Response

You have a gorgeous tree! I can find no reference to it being seedless; indeed the Bowling Green department of works arborist file on the variety (http://www.bgohio.org/departments/public-works-department/arborist/files/Pacific%20Sunset%20Maple.pd...) shows a picture of the seeds (officially called "samaras"). It is a hybrid (Norway and Shantung maples: Acer platanoides × Acer truncatum), so perhaps the salesperson meant that the seeds would not produce seedlings exactly like the parent (it was actually patented in 1991). So I would say it is normal for the tree to produce seeds.