Harlequin Norway Maple, Large Trees

General Info Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour

Acer platanoides Drummondii (Standard)

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SIZES 1-3 4-910+
Half Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£59.98Available to order - delivery from November£54.96Available to order - delivery from November£49.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£89.94Available to order - delivery from November£84.96Available to order - delivery from November£79.98
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£149.94Available to order - delivery from November£144.96Available to order - delivery from November£139.98
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Acer platanoides Drummondii: Bareroot Harlequin Norway Maple Trees in Standard Sizes

Acer platanoides Drummondii, the Harlequin or Drummond Maple, is a variety of Norway maple with variegated leaves. They have the classic maple star shape with a bright green centre and creamy margin. Acer drummondii produces small clusters of pale yellow flowers called corymbs in April, before the branches get covered in foliage. The leaves look great when the full sun shines through them. In autumn, they turn a clean, shining yellow, sometimes with orange tones. The mature bark is steely grey with vertical fissures that reveal rusty flashes of deeper wood.
We grow another ornamental Norway Maple variety, Acer Crimson Sentry.

They can reach a height of about 12 metres, which is about half the size of a wild Norway Maple, suitable for a medium-sized garden.

Browse our other Maple varieties, or all of our trees.

Delivery season: Maple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 12m
  • Soil: Any with decent drainage, except very poor and dry
  • Green leaves with creamy margin
  • Yellow Autumn colour
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Harlequin Maples

This hardy and unfussy tree will grow in almost any soil apart from peat or shallow chalk, and it won't thrive on very poor, dry soil. It loves clay and although it won't grow in wet soil, it doesn't mind a bit of winter waterlogging or flooding. It is quite shade-tolerant and totally pollution resistant.
It is suitable for very exposed locations, but not on the coast.

Other plants generally don't grow under it due to the shade it casts and the dense root system.

Like quite a few variegated trees, it is sometimes prone to reversion back to green. You must cut out such growth as soon as possible, or it will spread until the whole tree loses its variegation.

Did You Know?

This tree was bred at the Drummond Nursery in Stirling, Scotland, around 1903, and is one of the most popular cultivars of the species.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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