Autumn Blaze Red Maple (Acre rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’) is truly a study of red. Many of the tree’s components—flowers, seeds, fruit, twigs—blaze in brilliant shades of red when they bloom. Notably, this maple tree gets its name from the hallmark scarlet shade it bursts into in the autumn. Native to the east coast, the Autumn Blaze Red Maple grows abundantly all around the country, stretching to places like Minnesota and Texas due to its generalist nature. “Generalist” means that this species is able to tolerate many different types of conditions, habitats, and ecosystems, and adapts to use different resources that are available to it. Autumn Blaze Red Maples have a fast growth rate and a relatively short lifespan, ranging from 80 to 100 years old, with the rare few reaching up to 200 years old. 

If Trees Could Sing…

Click here to hear Jerry Douglas talk about one of his favorite treesVideo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy and Jerry Douglas.

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Photos taken at Old Town June 2021 and 2022.