Think back to your favorite street. Maybe it was lined with large, mature shade trees, giving yards a beautiful and charming feel. Sunlight may have intertwined with their lush green canopies and large weaving branches. Red reds juxtaposed against the landscape…the dazzling hues of Autumn Blaze Maples.
Reasons to Plant Autumn Blaze Maples
Autumn Blaze Maples are a hybrid cross between the Silver Maple and Red Maple. Therefore, their best qualities are combined to create a tough, fast growing maple that’s full of benefits.
And whether your soil is acidic, basic or anything in between, your Autumn Blaze Maples will adapt and thrive. They aren’t picky! In fact, Autumn Blaze Maples are so easygoing that they can tolerate both dry and wet soils. With a high level of drought tolerance and the ability to handle wet conditions, Autumn Blaze Maples can survive in almost any environment.
Plus, Autumn Blaze Maples grow up to 3 feet per year. This is an extremely fast growth rate for a maple tree, meaning you get all of the benefits of a mature tree faster.
Since Autumn Blaze Maples are extremely low-maintenance, they don’t need much TLC. However, we do have a few tips to help them flourish.
Plant your Autumn Blaze Maple in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. The more sunlight that these trees receive, the brighter fall colors they will have.
Autumn Blaze Maples will adapt to your natural soil, even if it is sandy or heavy in clay, as long as it drains well. However, these maples prefer soil that’s slightly acidic. Add organic matter like peat moss to your soil in order to increase its acidity.
Rainwater usually provides enough moisture for Autumn Blaze Maples, however, they will need supplemental water during times of drought.
Even though Autumn Blaze Maples generally don’t need any fertilizer, you can give your trees a boost in the early spring and fall by fertilizing them with an all-natural, organic fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen, like formula 16-4-8, or 12-4-8. Don’t fertilize your trees until they have experienced a year of growth.