Autumn Blaze Maple
Acer x fremanii 'Jeffersred'
50' tall x 40' wide, rounded form, yellow to red fall color, Hardiness Zone 4.
This tree is a naturally occurring hybrid between Silver and Red maple. Texts generally reference the trees ability to grow quickly like a Silver maple and its ability to display red fall color like the Red maple. As is true with many maples in town, this trees performance varies greatly. It struggles with our soil pH which can lead to chlorosis (yellowing leaves) and can eventually kill a tree. Also, having a red fall color is not guaranteed by any means. Most years it is a yellow/orange, but if fall temperatures develop right, orange and red will be evident. Heavy amounts of structural pruning are needed with this tree at a young age to help it develop a central leader.