How to Grow Autumn Blaze Maple Trees
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Autumn Blaze Maple Tree: Plant Care & Growing Guide
Burning fall maples feature beautiful fall foliage and a well-formed shape, making them an ideal choice for large area landscaping. The fall maple is a hybrid of red maple and silver maple, both native to North America.
Their branching pattern is dense and ascending, and they have a rounded or oval crown. Maturity comes quickly for fall maple - they can grow up to two feet per year under the right conditions. In autumn, its leaves turn a bright reddish-orange hue.
|Botanical Name||Acer x freemanii (Jeffersred) 'Autumn Blaze'|
|Common Name||Autumn blaze maple tree, Freeman maple|
|Mature Size||40–55 ft. tall, 30–40 ft. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun, partial shade|
|Soil Type||Moist but well-drained|
|Bloom Time||Does not flower|
|Flower Color||Does not flower|
|Hardiness Zones||3–8 (USDA)|
|Native Area||North America|
Autumn Blaze Maple Tree Care
Like many large trees, fall maples on fire need little care. First, you need to keep the soil around your roots moist while they are still young. Likewise, they only need pruning every three to five years in late spring or early summer.
Fertilization isn't really a necessity either if you plant them in soil that is already moderately fertile.
Fall maples on fire can function in your landscape as fast-growing trees and as specimens prized for their colorful fall foliage. They are also tolerant of pollution, an important factor if you are going to grow them along a street in a busy neighborhood. As with other trees considered suitable for urban areas, they can adapt to a wide range of soil conditions.
However, these large trees can suffer from structural weakness. The tree can easily crack at the branch joints during heavy storms, leading to the loss of branches.
Regular pruning helps keep the tree's structure strong. While their strength and tolerance for pollution are useful qualities, it is their fast-growing nature and autumn beauty that guarantees them a place among the best trees in the landscape. The only downside: the fall maple blossom has shallow roots, so over time the roots can stick out of the lawn.
Since fall-burning maples are often one of the largest plants in the landscape, they are rarely shaded by other varieties. Fortunately, they are not too fussy when it comes to sunlight.
They appreciate sunlight but can thrive just as well in partial shade, especially if planted in warmer temperatures. In full sun, they produce the best fall color.
It is important to plant your maple tree in well-drained soil. Although they can tolerate poor soils, the wetter and more fertile the soil mix, the more your tree will thrive.
When initially planting your tree, dig a hole that is three to five times the size of the tree's root and make sure the top of the tree's root is level with the soil line. Make sure to plant your tree at least 15 to 20 feet away from your home to avoid any damage to the base of its long roots.
When your fall maple is young, it will need a lot of water to help it settle down. Keep the soil evenly moist in its root zones for the first year; Once established, your tree will be drought tolerant and will likely do well in the rainfall that its location provides.
If you notice the leaves turning brown or falling off the tree prematurely, this could be a sign that your tree is not getting enough water.
Temperature and Humidity
The burning fall maple can withstand just about anything you throw at it, including a range of temperatures, from near zero to high temperatures and humidity.
Due to this flexibility, you will rarely have to worry about weather conditions when it comes to your board.
Fertilizing your fall maple 4 times a year with an all-purpose plant food 7-4-4.
Maple trees are among the most popular landscaping trees, especially because of their splendid fall foliage. Be careful when selecting a maple: not all have red leaves in fall, and some are considered. invasive.
There are many other popular maple cultivars, hybrids, and brands, all of which provide the fall color you want:
- Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum): This tree boasts yellow or yellow-orange foliage come fall.
- Amur maple (Acer ginnala): This species is considered invasive in North America.
- 'Armstrong': This varietal can grow to be taller than autumn blaze (up to 70 feet), but has a narrower spread, giving it a distinctly columnar shape.
- 'Marmo': This varietal also has a columnar shape, but a less-pronounced one.
Pruning Autumn Blaze Maple Tree
The ideal time to prune your burning fall maple is in late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant. Regular pruning (about every few years) helps the tree maintain its shape and prevents it from breaking during storms or other turbulent weather.
Common Pests and Diseases
There are some sure signs that something is going on with your fall maple on fire, and one is the condition of your leaves. If you notice that they start to have brown spots, this is usually a sign of a condition called leaf spot. Fortunately, this can usually be corrected by spraying the tree with fungicide.
Alternatively, pests can also be a problem for fall maple, including scales, spider mites, and flat-headed tree borers. If you notice any telltale signs of an infestation (such as brown spots on the leaves or lesions on the trunk or branches), treat the tree with an insecticide until all signs of infestation are gone.
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