Acer x Freemanii Autumn Blaze
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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' 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 trees for sale
2-year Autumn Blaze tree - in a 7L pot
2-year Autumn Blaze tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
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 characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive tree / plant Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Prefers full sun Some shade
- Useful for:
Open spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
Do not prune
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Red
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit