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Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2m to 10m
  • Spread5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourDark green, bright red

Description

Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’. This vigorous, oval-headed, large tree has leaves which are dark green and deeply indented. In the autumn they turn a rich flame red.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Tree

Origin

This tree is a cultivar of a naturally occurring hybrid of A. rubrum and A. saccharinum, named after Oliver Freeman, who made the crossing at the US National Arboretum in the 1930s.

Interest and use

Specimen tree or grouped plantings. Autumn interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -45°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

This tree shows its most intense colours in acid soil. It can be brittle and so isn't suitable for very windy sites.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.

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