At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Sapindaceae
Latin Name: Acer freemanii 'Jeffersred'
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Spectacular red
Bloom: Insignificant
Shape: Pyramid
Bark: Furrowed with dark ridges
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 8
Size: 40 to 55 feet
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Acclaimed as one of the most popular new tree introductions in history, the Autumn Blaze Maple is very aptly named for its show-stopping scorching autumn color. Apart from its seasonal splendor, this authoritative maple is an extremely resilient deciduous hybrid which originated in 1982 from the interbreeding of the Red Maple and the Silver Maple. Beloved by homeowners and municipalities alike, Acer x Freemanii “Jeffersred” is also the fastest-growing maple variation of the botanical family Sapindaceae, and is tremendously disease-defiant and pest-resistant.

A mature Autumn Blaze Maple can reach heights of 40-55 ft., with a uniform pyramidal shape spreading out to cover a 30-40 ft. span. This tree has a 3-8 hardiness zone rating and is thus widespread throughout most of the United States; most predominately, this species is found in the warmer climates of the Deep South and the southwestern states. Consistently found in upland regions, the Autumn Blaze Maple is cultivated best in medium, well-drained soils and when situated in full sun to partial shade. Prized for its ornamental value, this maple variation is frequently planted in landscapes due to its advantage as a fast-growing shade tree—growing four times as fast as the Red Maple!—and its tendency to work well in clusters or as a stand-alone specimen.

The Autumn Blaze Maple’s leaves have a cheery grassy-green complexion with a slight reddish blush, complementing its furrowed, darkly ridged bark. Though this specimen rarely blooms, it maintains its lush foliage throughout the summer, providing ample shade and bright consistent coloration. In the autumn, the Autumn Blaze Maple’s leaves transform to a fiery crimson, accented by the tree’s ruby-red winged samara fruit. This blazing autumn foliage is long-lasting and resilient, extending the manifestation of the Autumn Blaze Maple’s recurrent beauty.

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