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Autumn Blaze

  • Autumn Blaze maple
  • Autumn Blaze autumn leaves

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.

Acer x Freemanii

Autumn Blaze maple trees for sale

  • 12-year pot-grown tree £34.95
    In a 7L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

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

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive tree / plantAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sunSome shade
    • Pruning:Do not prune
    • Growth rate:Fast
    • Site conditions:Occasional flooding
  • Identification

    • Bark:Grey
    • Country of origin:United States
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer Fre Autumn Blaze maple tree