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Autumn Blaze

Acer x Freemanii
Autumn Blaze has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Autumn Blaze is a superb hybrid maple, named for its stunning red and orange autumn leaf colours.

Autumn Blaze has a pleasing presence throughout the seasons. The deeply incised leaves are green over the summer, before turning in the autumn.

Autumn Blaze maple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £75.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

Autumn Blaze is a rapid grower and should reach 4m in less than 10 years in reasonable conditions, continuing to grow for many decades.

Keep newly planted trees well-watered for the first few spring and summer growing seasons, but thereafter Autumn Blaze needs little or no attention.

The best autumn leaf colours occur in climates with warm autumn days and cold autumn nights - but Autumn Blaze is one of the more reliable maples for autumn colour in the UK climate.


'Autumn Blaze' was raised by Glenn Jeffers at the Seacrest Arboretum in Ohio, USA, and released in the 1970s. Its cultivar name is, appropriately, 'Jeffersred', but it is usually marketed as 'Autumn Blaze'.

It is a seedling of the hybrid species Acer x freemanii , which comes from crossing Acer rubrum (the Canadian maple) and Acer saccharinum (the Silver maple). 'Autumn Blaze' gets its rapid growth from the Silver maple, and its colours from the Canadian maple.

Autumn Blaze characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsOccasional flooding
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • BarkGrey
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer Fre Autumn Blaze maple tree