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Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Tree

Freeman Maple Trees
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Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' arguably has the best fiery autumn colour of all Maple trees suited to the British climate. The attractive, deeply indented yellow-green spring foliage turns green in summer before the vibrant red, orange and yellow autumn colours appear. 'Autumn Blaze' also boasts silvery-grey bark that contrasts wonderfully with the foliage.

A popular larger Maple tree with an attractive oval-head, Acer freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' is fairly vigorous and will reach 7 x 4 metres in 20 years. Also known as Acer freemanii Jeffersred or Freeman Maple, it is a natural hybrid that has the autumn beauty of Acer rubrum and toughness of Acer saccharinum. 'Autumn Blaze' holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit and grows in either full sun or partial shade.

AKA Freeman maple, Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'

  • Common name: Freeman Maple tree
  • Latin name: Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Yellow green in spring, green in summer and fiery red in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to moist but well-drained sites and most soil types
  • Position: Full sun to part shade

Planting Advice for Acer freemanii Autumn Blaze Trees

Our pot grown Freeman Maple trees can be planted at any time of the year and can be positioned in North, South, East or West facing sites. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and roughly 2x as wide.

To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole. Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Autumn Blaze Freeman Maple trees with a staking kit. For single stakes, knock the stake in at an angle and use a buckle tie with a spacer to prevent chaffing. For more advice, visit the help section.

Aftercare Advice for Acer freemanii Autumn Blaze Trees

If you’re planting Freeman Maple trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons and if your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. Our complete planting kits contain an irrigation system, weed suppressing mulch mat and rabbit guard, as well as the rootgrow and staking kits mentioned above.

Pruning Advice for Acer x freemanii Jeffersred Trees

Freeman Maple trees do not require a lot of pruning. Remove any damaged or diseased branches when the tree is in leaf or just after leaf fall. This will prevent bleeding, which although it is not detrimental, can look unsightly. When pruning, make sure to maintain an even framework, step back and assess your work.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £169.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Price £189.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £189.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' Price £209.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £209.99 (ex VAT)
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