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Autumn Flame® Red Maple features brilliant red fall foliage and is an excellent specimen for parks, lawns, and streets.

Tree of the Month: Autumn Flame® Red Maple

 By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


Trade Name: Autumn Flame® Red Maple


Botanical Name: Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Flame’


Parentage: Selection from Red Maple


Family: Aceraceae


Year of Introduction: 1965


Height: 35 to 40 feet


Spread: 35 to 40 feet


Form: Rounded


Bloom Period: Very early in the spring


Flower: Red, male only


Fruit: Seedless


Summer Foliage: Medium-green, smaller leaves than species


Autumn Foliage: Brilliant red, starts early in fall


Winter Color: Silvery color for winter interest


Bark: Silvery, thin bark, easily damaged


 Habitat: Native to entire east coast, west to the Mississippi River


Culture: Moist conditions; tolerates most soils, urban pollution and partial shade; requires acid soil


Hardiness Zone*: 3 – 8; one of the hardiest of the red maples


Growth Rate: Medium to fast


Pest Problems: None


Storm Resistance: Good branch angles improve resistance


Salt Resistance: Susceptible to wind-driven road salt


Planting: Transplants easily, avoid fall planting in northern climates


Pruning: Seldom needs pruning because of strong wood


Propagating: Own root cuttings are best due to graft incompatibility


Design Uses: Excellent specimen for parks, lawns, and streets


Companions: Use with shrubs such as Taxus, evergreen Euonymus and perennials


Other Comments: One of the best red maples, excellent in the Midwest


Available from: Most nurseries


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


Len Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com.

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