|Soil Type||Adaptable, Well-drained|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||40-60 Feet|
|Mature Width||30-40 Feet|
The Autumn Blaze Maple is a hybrid tree created from two American classics; the red maple and the silver maple, taking the best characteristics from each. The Autumn Blaze Maple is not found naturally in the wild. It must be propagated to make it available to consumers.
Enjoy vibrant fall color! The Autumn Blaze Maple turns orange to crimson red in the fall which looks great as a specimen tree or planting in clusters.
The Autumn blaze maple is a fast growing tree that can reach a height of 50 feet and a width of 40 feet. No more waiting for you maple tree to grow, because the silver maple contributes to the vigor without interfering with the natural strength of the red maple.
It’s the best of both worlds! Not only is the Autumn blaze maple tree fast growing and strong, it is adaptable to many soil conditions, disease and insect resistant. These specimens are a one of a kind tree that provide fabulous, red, fall foliage.
The Autumn Blaze grows in zones 3-8 and can be planted in rural or urban areas. It grows at a fast rate and is able to tolerate pollution, while also providing shade and beautiful fall foliage. With all these amazing qualities to offer, it is among the elite of landscaping plants. For more colors on Maples, the October Glory and Red Maple are also stunners!
When planting your Autumn Blaze Maple tree be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Maple almost any time of the year. For additional tips check out our article on Shade tree care.
These trees tolerate full sun to part shade and prefer soil that is well-drained, slightly acidic, and nutrient rich. However, Maples will adapt to a variety of soils. If you have alkaline soil, you can amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution for increasing acidity. Mulching will also aid in keeping the roots cool and moist. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Maples should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist. Maples can tolerate a wet area, but they shouldn’t be in standing water. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Maple trees don’t generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. Maples are salt intolerant so keep them away from road sides in cooler climates and beach areas as well as any area known for soils with high salinity.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Scale and Aphids are insects that can affect Maples. You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Occasionally fungal issues can arise. Generally, treating after infection isn’t extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating some fungal diseases and pests. It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective.
The Autumn Blaze Maple tree is a great tree for your yard. With a mature width of up to 40 feet and height around 50, this is a good sized shade tree. Be sure to give it plenty of room to thrive. Plant 1, 2, or 3 in your front or backyard as individual specimen trees or plant a row to line your backyard or a long driveway. Space your maple hedge so that each tree has at least 15 feet to the next tree. You will enjoy shade within a few years with this fast growing tree.