Autumn Blaze Maple is the trade-name for Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred’, the 2004 Urban Tree of the Year. This maple is a hybrid developed from crossing the Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) with the Red maple (Acer rubrum) and has been engineered to provide the best qualities of both parents; the vigor and adaptability of the silver maple with the beauty and strength of the red maple. From the Red Maple parent comes a well-balanced branching habit and the dazzling autumn color. From the Silver Maple it inherited increased tolerance to drought and poor soil conditions. This mean that this beautiful maple can be used in what are considered 'tough' sites, such as high clay content, wet sites and dry sites.

Its foremost asset is its superior autumn color, but it also possesses an amazing growth rate, pest and disease resistance and adaptability to an extremely wide range of climate and soil. Autumn Blaze Maple has become one of the most sought after trees in the U.S. and is quickly becoming popular in the UK. The leaves resemble those of silver maple, being opposite, simple, five-lobed but not as deeply cut as Silver maple, although it retains the characteristic silvery underside. The color is derived from Red maple. In summer it is a rich, medium green which in autumn changes to an unforgettable orange and crimson that lasts longer than other maples.

It survives hard winters, warm, humid summers, and drought; growing throughout most of North America including southern Canada. It is fully hardy in the UK and will adapt well to New Zealand and Australia. It will quickly reach 50 feet with a spread of 40 feet and is a superior alternative to Red, Silver, Sugar or Norway maples.


Autumn Blaze maple

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