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Firefall Maple

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Firefall Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Firefall’)A silver maple/red maple hybrid with an upright growth habit; a good shade tree for smaller properties, more tolerant of adverse conditions than red maple and an impressive color display starting in the early fall

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
50 feet
Average Landscape Width:
40 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Acer
Species:
x freemanii
Cultivar:
Firefall
Flower Color:
red
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
decurrent

Ornamental Features

Firefall Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its decidedly oval form. It has rich green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall. The furrowed gray bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Firefall Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Firefall Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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