Maple (ACER NEGUNDO) - 'Sensation'
‘Sensation' was discovered by Warren Carnefix in Southwestern Idaho and it has a much improved branch structure and central leader than other varieties within the species. Spring foliage emerges brilliant in hues of copper red which fade to green with red highlights during the summer months then later turn soft, bright red in the fall. This unique and stunning tree is highly adaptable to site conditions including wet or dry soils and is extremely hardy. During it's youth, it forms a pyramidal shape and spreads as it ages. The trunk is silvery in tone and enhances the spectacular foliage beautifully. Furthermore, because it is a male seedless variety, it is considerably less attractive to boxelder bugs.
Rising to a stature of 40 feet tall and roughly 30 feet wide, the 'Sensation Box Elder' Maple is nothing short of magnificent. Hardy to USDA Hardiness zone 3 and tough enough for dry, alkaline conditions, this makes an excellent specimen tree in the landscape, but looks handsome in group plantings as well. Plant this fast growing tree in full sun and water regularly. Once established, it only has moderate water requirements of 1/2" of water every 7-10 days. Pruning while young will help achieve the form you desire, but be sure to follow best pruning practices in order to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring before the tree breaks dormancy. Protect the trunk especially while young to prevent damage from lawn mowing or other yard activities as well as winter burn.