The autumn blaze red maple tree is a wide-ranging native tree that is well adapted to most soil and site conditions. It’s one of the early harbingers of fall as it turns color well in advance of other eastern deciduous trees, especially when located in wet sites. The fiery colors of fall are typically a brilliant red. Conversely, it is also one of the earliest flowering trees in the spring, and has the smallest winged seeds (samaras) of all native maples, about 5/8-3/4 inches long.
To care for your autumn blaze, be sure to follow these steps. You can also learn more about them here.
- Stratify your maple seeds by mixing 4 parts fine particle peat moss in a bowl with 1 part horticultural sand, be sure to water it well
- Place the seeds in the center of the mixture, covering them and working it into a loose ball
- Seal this inside a plastic bag and leave for three days in a warm place
- Then, place in the refrigerator at a temperature of 39 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit for two to four months
- After this period, plant the stratified seeds in the springtime
- These plants need little care.
- Keep the soil around their roots moist while they are still young, but after that, they will need watering only during long periods without rainfall
- They also don’t require pruning
- If you have a specific reason to prune them, do so in late spring or early summer
- Likewise, fertilizing is not really a necessity if you plant them in ground that is already moderately fertile