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How to Know If You Can Grow an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree

This hearty tree is known for its vibrant color in the fall as well as its low maintenance requirements. Follow this advice to learn if it is the tree for you.


  • Step 1: Look up Stand in the spot where you want to plant the tree and look up. Make sure nothing is in the way -- Autumn Blazes can grow to be 50 feet tall.
  • Step 2: Look for shade Look for shade that still allows some sunlight. The tree will grow better in a partially shaded area.
  • Step 3: Feel the soil Feel the soil. The Autumn Blaze requires moist but well-draining soil. Even though the tree is relatively drought tolerant, plant it in an area that you can water during a dry spell.
  • TIP: If your soil is compacted, you can aerate it to better accommodate the tree.
  • Step 4: Measure out 20 feet Measure 20 feet from the nearest building or other tall tree. The Autumn Blaze has a tendency to spread up to 40 feet in diameter.
  • Step 5: Consider shallow roots Consider the impact of its shallow and sometimes surface root system. Chances are this tree is a good choice for just about anywhere you want to plant it.
  • FACT: The Autumn Blaze maple tree is a hybrid maple that was created in Ohio by crossing the best qualities of silver and red maple trees.

You Will Need

  • Height clearance
  • Partial shade
  • Well-draining soil
  • Width clearance
  • Shallow root consideration
  • Aeration (optional)

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