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Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Tree

Yellow Norway Maple Trees
  • From £80 (inc VAT)

One of the very best Maples for golden yellow leaf colour, Acer platanoides Princeton Gold shows striking clear yellow spring and summer foliage. Yellow clusters of small flowers appear on the bare branches in April along with helicopter-like seeds later in the year amonst the colourful lobed foliage.

This variety of the Norway maple tree is very hardy and resilient to sun scorch, but does prefer a sheltered position. It is also tolerant of most soil types, pollution and even some drought. With an attractive upright, spreading habit, expect a height and spread of around 8 x 5 metres in 20 years. This Yellow Norway Maple makes a great tree where space allows.

AKA Princeton Gold Norway maple, Acer platanoides Princetown Gold, Prigo

  • Common name: Yellow Norway maple tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 8 x 5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Golden yellow spring leaves turn yellow green in summer & autumn
  • Soil: Best planted in moist, well-drained sites and suited to most soil types

Planting Advice for Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Trees

Our pot grown Yellow Norway Maple trees can be planted at any time of year. Prepare the planting area by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately twice as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, especially if the soil is poor, we advise sprinkling rootgrow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place the root mass in the planting hole so that the surface is flush with the surrounding ground. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour.

Use a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots - instructions are in the online planting guide. Finish by watering generously around the base

Aftercare Advice for Princeton Gold Norway Maple trees

Yellow Norway Maples require a good watering regime for the first couple of years. Water well and regularly throughout spring and summer, increasing in periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Rain water is more acidic than tap water and better for foliage colour.

Keep the area free of competing weeds for the first few growing seasons. Note that only shade loving plants will grow beneath Norway maple trees - decorative bark is an alternative. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Trees

Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season, from November to March. Norway Maple trees bleed during other times of the year so pruning can weaken the tree. However, Norway Maple trees very rarely need pruning. The natural shape is normally the most attractive and pruning should be carried out with a less is more approach. Only remove, crossing, damaged or diseased branches.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Price £80 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £80 (inc VAT)
Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot* Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Price £215 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot* £215 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 31st Oct 2024
Ready by: 31st Oct 2024
Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Price £240 (inc VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £240 (inc VAT)
Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Price £265 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £265 (inc VAT)
Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot* Acer platanoides Princeton Gold Price £295 (inc VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot* £295 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)