Autumn Fire Japanese Maple
Autumn Fire Japanese Maple is a green dissectum that forms a beautiful mushroom shaped mound. The uniquely dissected foliage emerges light green in the spring edged with pink. During summer, the pink fades and the leaves turn a darker green. Fall color is an intense mixture of orange and red. Branches are a brilliant red in summer as well. Autumn Fire Japanese Maple is an ideal tree with great shape, habit and fall colors. The most outstanding feature of this tree is the brilliant red fall colors, as suggested by the name.
- Scientific Name: Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Autumn Fire’
- USDA Zone: 5 – 9
- Average Height: 3′ – 5′ in 10 years
- Average Width: 6′ – 8′
- Sun Exposure: Sun/afternoon shade
Japanese Maple Planting/Care Instructions
Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Choose the right time of the year to plant according to your zone. When you receive your tree, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the roots of the plant to grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your plant. Fill in the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Plant your maple with the root flare above the soil line.
Japanese maples planted in the ground generally do not need fertilizer. Container grown maples can use a bit of slow-release fertilizer. However, variegated cultivars should not be fertilized. Be sure to water your plants. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.
Young grafted trees will continue to have new growth on the rootstock for several years. If new buds or branches develop on the rootstock, remove them before they grow larger. If a larger branch develops, use sterile pruners to remove. Prune plants as needed to encourage growth. Always sterilize your pruners. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.
Lastly, enjoy your Autumn Fire Japanese Maple and your time in the garden!
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