Shade canopy Maples with reliable color?

sujiwan_gwSeptember 7, 2012

I realize that the mechanics of climactic conditions have a great deal to do with vibrancy of color. However, I am wondering if there are any canopy cultivars ( of rubrum or freemanii) that reliably put on a good show even while other trees have the disappointing color "Blahs"?

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'October Glory' and 'Autumn Blaze' are traditionally utilized when reliable fall color is desired. They are frequently planted as street trees in my area and typically produce stunning coloring.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 2:17PM
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adding to what Gardengal posted, my observations and experience with the Freemanii cultivars prompt me to say they all have excellent fall color as well as neat, clean, bright green summer foliage. There are however, issues in some areas with Autumn Blaze having bark splitting tendencies after they've been in the ground a number of years.


    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 8:03PM
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Over my expericence I recommend autumn blaze or October glory, I have a 30 foot autumn blaze in my backyard and it has stunning bright crimson in the fall and in the summer bright, reliable, and soft green foliage. I would not however recommend red sunset which is very commonly grown as a shade tree rather than a fall color tree.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 1:30PM
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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

I have a beautiful 'Red Sunset' that definitely puts on a show with it's red/orange colors. I love it.

Pacific Sunset, October Glory, Brandywine, Somerset, Autumn Glory, and the Paperbark maples are take my breath away with their beautiful colors. I wish my yard photoed as beautifully as these trees actually are.

Then we can talk about the red Japanese Maples!

Oh - my October Glory is about 10 years old. It's definitely splitting, but so are a lot of my trees. I thought it was normal. Doesn't seem to impede their growth or anything!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 1:42AM
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