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Autumn Blaze® Maple
Acer x freemanii (rubrum x saccharinum)
U.S. Patent No. 4864 Reg. No. 1,210,845
It really is catching on.  We have grown over 40,000 Autumn Blaze® Maples in our nursery and are extremely pleased with their performance.  We have planted them in all soil types including heavy wet muck, fine loam and heavy clay.  It has performed well in all soils.  In the past, we had fields of Autumn Blaze® saturated with water for weeks at a time with no loss.

Observations in our nursery have shown Autumn Blaze® to have better heat and drought tolerance than rubrum maples.  Comparing B&B trees held above ground for summer and fall sales, under identical conditions, the foliage of other rubrum maples wilted repeatedly in the summer heat, Autumn Blaze® did not wilt.  This should prove to be an advantage for garden centers and re-wholesale yards that expect their trees to maintain a healthy appearance when stored above ground for long periods of time.

The rapid growth rate (2-4 times faster than rubrum maples) allows Autumn Blaze® to tolerate insect and disease problems such as leafhoppers and verticillium wilt that adversely affect some slower growing rubrum maples.

Autumn Blaze® grows in a very uniform shape that makes pruning easy, either in production fields or the home landscape.  The tree can be pruned into an upright shape or to form a broad spreading crown.

Autumn Blaze® also has excellent winter color.  Rapid growth produces longer branching in one season than rubrum maples.  This new growth retains good red color after leaf drop and persists until the following season, adding interest and color to the winter landscape.

We feel that Autumn Blaze® is a superior alternative to rubrum, Silver, Sugar or Norway maples.            

"Of the cultivars 'Armstrong,' 'Armstrong Two,' 'Autumn Blaze®,' 'Indian Summer,' 'Marmo' and 'Scarlet Sentinel,' Autumn Blaze® develops the best red to red-orange autumn coloration.  Growth rate is approximately four times greater than acer rubrum.  Leafhoppers have not disfigured this cultivar."

- Professor Edward R. Hasselkus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Horticulture

"Autumn Blaze® Maple is a recent introduction that lives up to its name, exhibiting brilliant and long lasting orange-red fall color.  This widely adaptable tree appears to thrive in cold as well as hot areas, showing a remarkable tolerance for varying climates.  It ranked among the best performers for growth and fall color display in the Southeastern United States.  This Acer freemanii hybrid deserves to be more widely planted as it combines the best characteristics of its parents, Red and Silver Maples.

- March 8, 1996, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. publication

Autumn Blaze® has been receiving excellent ratings and reviews from all parts of the United States and is also very popular in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.  Superior long lasting fall color, unexcelled growth rates, leafhopper tolerance and adaptability to an extremely wide range of climate and soil conditions have made Autumn Blaze® Maple one of the most wanted trees in the industry.  It is now known as the standard for comparison among the Acer x freemanii cultivars.

This fast growing maple grows approximately 50' tall and 40' wide with a dense oval head and strong branching.  It's beauty and resilience make it an excellent addition to any landscape.

Using high rates of nitrogen fertilizer has proven to give amazing growth results and will also eliminate most of the splitting problems associated with maples due to verticillium wilt.

2004 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of 
Municipal Arborists (click here to read more)
1997 Tree of the Year by the Iowa Nursery and 
Landscape Association
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