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Growing Maple

Growing Maple

Autumn Blaze Maple


Acer freemannii, sometimes called Freeman Maple, is a vigorous hybrid of Red Maple and Silver Maple with excellent scarlet to orange-red fall foliage color. An excellent shade tree with a dense, oval habit reaching 50 to 60 feet tall at maturity and also a good tree for urban planting. Hardy in zones 3 to 7. Plant bare root Maple in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in a hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep. Amend with compost or other organic matter and plant with the roots slightly deeper than when growing in the nursery. 


Vigorous and easy-to-grow trees for full sun or light shade. Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil, but adaptable to a wide range of conditions including wet soil. Moderately drought-tolerant once established. Rarely flowers or produces seed. A good tree in areas where Red Maple is not easy to grow.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Shrubs with strong red fall color include Grove Dwarf Burning Bush (20437), Cotoneaster Hedge (20374), and new Little Henry Sweetspire (20587).

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Other fast-growing trees include Poplar and Willow.

Maple Facts

Usually free from pest and disease problems. Autumn Blaze Maple (22004) was discovered in the late 1960s by nurseryman Glenn Jeffers of Jeffers Nursery in Ohio. It was chosen as Urban Tree of the Year for 2003, based on a survey in City Trees magazine. 

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