The Autumn Blaze Maple tree is a popular shade and ornamental tree that provides the adaptability of the Silver Maple with the beauty and strength of the Red Maple. In the fall the Autumn Blaze Maple has a vivid display of bright red color that is the best of any tree in north Texas. The Autumn Blaze Maple also has winter interest because the new branch growth retains a red color after the leaves drop. Autumn Blaze maple trees are deciduous trees. At maturity, Autumn Blaze maples will reach about 50 feet tall by 40 feet wide. Their fast-growing nature is one of their best qualities.
With back-to-back “Urban Tree of the Year” awards in 2003 and 2004, the Autumn Blaze Maple has proven to be a popular choice of tree. As with other trees deemed suitable for urban areas, they can adapt to a wide range of soil conditions and are insect-resistant, pollution-resistant and disease-resistant. Due to their vigorous rates of growth, they often the decided choice over Maple Reds as they take the shape of their tree much quicker and offer almost immediate scenery.
Planting Directions For An Autumn Blaze Maple
Seasonal Information: Autumn Blaze Maples do exceptionally well in fall when their foliage is most vibrant but will provide shade and splendor all year round.
Location: Allow lots of room for your Autumn Blaze Maple to grow – these are fast growing and very large (up to 40-60 feet tall) when mature so leave lots of room.
Planting Instructions: Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball. Place the Autumn Blaze Maple inside and cover with soil. Cover with mulch and allow up to 20 feet between planting – this is if you want a thick foliage. Spread them out further accordingly.
Watering: Rainwater should be enough but in times of drought, or heat you may want to add a little extra watering to your usual routine. Try to mimic it’s natural habitat and overcome your urge to water to much.
Fertilization: Autumn Blaze Maples typically do best when nitrogen levels are high; therefore, look for fertilizer bags that have high first numbers, such as 16-4-8 or 12-4-8 combinations.
Weed Control: If your Autumn Blaze Maple shows signs of weeds, simply remove the weeds and as much of the root system as possible. You can choose a common pesticide available in most stores if you feel the problem is out of control or simply keep removing the weeds until they no longer grow in.
Pests and Disease: Most of the pests are common garden pests and can be controlled accordingly. Monitor your Autumn Blaze Maples tree trunk for sign of disease. Any growths, or discoloration may be cause for concern but most diseases are easily treatable,
Pruning: Thin out young plants to 3-4 main branches. After blooming in spring, clip the tips of the branches. Make the cut just above the point where a pair of leaves attaches to the stem.
Pollination: The flowers of the Autumn Blaze Maple contain both male and female parts instead of separate female and male parts of individual trees. Autumn Blaze Maples are deciduous trees, and propagate by seeds, which have wings. The seeds fall, spinning toward the ground like a helicopter.