This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Garden thus refers to Acer Schweidleriana:"This hardy, free-growing, purple-leaved Maple should not be lost sight of by planters. It is a real acquisition, as far as effective contrast is concerned, amongst trees of light green foliage. The leaves of this beautiful Maple are bright reddish-purple when newly unfolded, very brilliant and glossy, and as large as those of the common platanoides, or Norway Maple".
A fine specimen was in Median's Centennial collection, which was purchased for Fairmount Park, and it has proved as well adapted to the American climate as its parent, the common Norway Maple.