Autumn Blaze Maple
Acer freemanii ‘Jeffsred’
An average tree for the climate of Keizer, Oregon.
Autumn Blaze maple is a rapidly growing hybrid maple with spectacular brilliant red foliage making it one of more commonly planted shade trees.
Autumn Blaze maple was intoruduced in 1982 from Poplar Farms, Inc. of Batavia, IL as cross of red (A. rubrum) and silver (A. saccharinum) maple. It grows rapidly to an eventual height of 60’ and a width of 40’. When fully mature it features an oval to rounded crown. It has asecending branches bearing oppositely arranged simple leaves, which are which palmately lobed with toothed margins.
Leaves emerge in the spring with a reddish tint, and then turn green in the summer. With the shorter days of the fall the leaves takes on a brilliant shade of orange and red that gives rise to its name. Leaves are up to 5” long.
The tree maintains a good central leader form and has wider crotch angles than silver maple making it better adapted to areas with either ice or snow