Autumn Blaze Maple Tree Facts: Here's All You Need To Know!

Anamika Balouria
Jan 13, 2023 By Anamika Balouria
Originally Published on Feb 09, 2022
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Read Autumn Blaze Maple tree facts to know about these drought-tolerant hybrid species.

Autumn Blaze Maple trees need partial to full sunshade to thrive and survive.

Autumn Blaze Maple trees are well recognized for their fall color and are often confused with Sugar Maple species, but they differ greatly from each other. Autumn Blaze Maple trees are hybrid species of Red Maple and Silver Maple trees.

This tree also provides silver-grey bark that adds an element of attractiveness to the surrounding environment. Some people have compared this tree to a weeping willow because of its branch structure, which is strong and upright.

The Autumn Blaze Maple provides foliage in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. This tree also produces flowers during the early months of springtime.

The leaves are vibrant yellow in the early summer months when they mature, but can turn into crimson, scarlet, orange, or crimson during the fall seasons. The tree turns red in the autumn season. They bloom in the early spring and are good plants, but due to their weak structural type, they might damage the property at once.

Hence, they should be grown at a distance from your property. If the tree leaves turn red in the summer, it means it might have iron chlorosis.

The Autumn Blaze and Sienna Glen Maples produce helicopter seeds. However, many hybrid varieties are seedless.

The space required to grow the tree is approximately 40–50 ft (12-15 m) from the house. There are several types of maple trees.

Some have robust, intrusive roots that spread widely and are highly invasive, while others have delicate roots that grow very wide, so it's preferred to plant them far from the house. Autumn Blaze Maple trees usually need to be pruned to encourage them to grow more branches. This makes the tree more full and reduces its height.

Back budding can be required if you want to reduce the fullness of a tree. The Autumn Blaze Maple needs to be pruned at the start of spring to get rid of any dead or diseased branches that could infect the rest of the tree.

Autumn Blaze Maple Tree Classification

Hybridization is used to create Autumn Blaze Maples, which are created by combining the two most popular species in the United States.

Autumn Blaze Maples resemble very traditional old American maple trees. The Silver Maple tree and the Red Maple tree are two trees that have been named.

These trees, like many others in the forest, are valuable for their shade as well as for their aesthetic appeal. The Autumn Blaze Maple tree, Acer freemanii, is highly popular in Japan and the United States because of its enormity and form, which distinguishes it from other trees.

Autumn Blaze Maple trees belong to the family of Sapindaceae and the genus Acer. Autumn Blaze Maple trees are hybrid species of plants that can survive different weather conditions.

Red and Silver Maple trees are the two well-known plants from the same genus. The order they belong to is Sapindales. These hardy tree plant species are known to survive the chilly winter as a hybrid result of their parent tree, Silver maple.

Characteristics Of Autumn Blaze Maple Tree

Autumn Blaze Maple can easily survive in most soil conditions and prefers moist soil conditions.

They can easily adapt to different types of soil, but if the soil is too poor in quality, then the plant does not survive well in that environment and may die quickly. These trees require well-draining soil conditions to grow well. Moisture content in the soil during the early months will help the tree in its growth.

They grow to a height of 40–55 ft (12.19–16.76 m) and provide a good color show during autumn when their leaves change their colors. Maple Autumn Blaze is well-known for changing its colors when the fall season sets in.

This tree provides the best colorful show for those who love to enjoy nature's beauty. They can withstand different soil conditions and temperatures that range from -41 C (-41.8 F) to 38.88 C (102 F).

They produce beautiful flowers in the early spring season, which can be used for landscaping purposes. Their flowers are fragrant and come in white, but these trees rarely flower after they reach four to five years of age.

The hardiness zones are three to eight for the growth of the tree. Common pests such as mites might attack the tree, but well-drained soil moisture or soil conditions along with regular pruning, can help the plant protect itself.

The fall foliage is extremely beautiful on these large trees, which need well-drained fertile soil, although they can survive through drought soil conditions.

Growth Rate And Habitat Requirements Of Autumn Blaze Maple Tree

Autumn Blaze Maple trees grow quickly, and they love moist soil. You should avoid over-watering them, as this can cause them to become weak and susceptible to infestation by a variety of pests.

Autumn Blaze Maple does well in most types of soil conditions, including those that are sandy or loamy. They also do well in heavy clay, loam, or rocky soil.

They prefer acidic soil. Autumn Blaze Maple grows well in full sun to partial shade. They prefer full sun and shade, but they can grow in partial shade, especially if planted in warmer conditions.

They yield the most brilliant colors during the fall season when exposed to direct sunlight. It's critical to plant your Autumn Blaze Maple in well-draining soil.

Although they can live in poor soil conditions, the more fertile and moist their soil mix is, the better your tree will grow. When your Autumn Blaze Maple is younger, it will require a lot of water to help it thrive.

By keeping the soil uniformly wet through their root zones in the first year; your maple tree will be drought tolerant and most likely survive whatever rainfall your area provides after it has been established. The Autumn Blaze Maple tree may withstand anything you throw at it, from near-frigid temperatures to scorching heat in full sun and high humidity.

How to take care of Autumn Blaze Maple tree?

Autumn Blaze Maple trees, like many huge landscape trees, require minimal maintenance. You must water them frequently while they are small.

They also respond well to trimming every three to five years in late spring, followed by early summer. If you put them in soil that is already fairly fertile, they will not need to be fertilized.

Autumn Blaze Maple is a fast-growing shade tree that can also be used as a specimen with beautiful fall foliage. They're also resistant to pollution, which is relevant if you intend on planting them in a busy area.

They are drought-tolerant and can grow in a variety of soil conditions, much like other trees accepted as suitable for cities. However, these big trees may be vulnerable to structural failure.

During powerful storms, the tree can crack at the branch joints rapidly, causing branches to break off. Pruning in the spring and fall helps to maintain the tree's structure.

While their hardiness and tolerance to pollution are appealing features, it is their fast growth and beauty during the fall season that ensure their place among the greatest landscape trees. The only negative aspect is that the Autumn Blaze Maple's roots may protrude from your grass over time, as the plant is shallow-rooted.

A sign that something is up with your Autumn Blaze Maple tree is the state of its leaves.

If you find that the leaves are developing brown spots, this is generally an indication of leaf spots. However, using fungicide on the tree usually solves the problem.

Autumn Blaze Maple can also cause problems. Mites, flathead tree borers, and scale can also cause problems. If you detect any telltale indications (such as brown spots on the leaves, or sores on the trunk or branches), treat the tree with an insecticide until the infestation is gone.

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Written by Anamika Balouria

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Anamika BalouriaBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

A dedicated and enthusiastic learner, Anamika is committed to the growth and development of her team and organization. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English from Daulat Ram University and Indira Gandhi Institute for Open Learning respectively, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Amity University, Noida. Anamika is a skilled writer and editor with a passion for continual learning and development.
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