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identifying this type of maple please help.

Posted by illinigirl 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 3, 13 at 17:31

I love these maples that are found in many neighborhoods near me. The home owner says it is a 'burning maple' but I can't find anything of that name on google. The local nursery looked at my photo and says it is a sunset maple. I would like to be 100% sure before I purchase any maples next spring for my new yard.

here it is as of a couple days ago. when it first started to turn color it was a very deep almost burgundy red, then slowly lightened/brightened to this color.

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RE: identifying this type of maple please help.

My guess is a red maple (acer rubrum) cultivar, or one of the hybrids between red maple and silver maple (acer rubrum x a. saccharinum, known as acer freemanii). There are any number of cultivars of these categories that can give you similar fall colouration.

RE: identifying this type of maple please help.

^Exactly what I was thinking...Autumn Blaze.

RE: identifying this type of maple please help.

I was able to photograph the leaves up close and posted them over on the 'tree' board and they confirmed it is an autumn blaze,

RE: identifying this type of maple please help.

There is a red maple cultivar called Pacific Sunset. Used in subdivision plantings here where I live. It looks like that is what your neighbor has.

RE: identifying this type of maple please help.

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 21:44

That is a selling name for one of the Keith Warren hybrids between Norway and Shantung maples - there is no involvement of Acer rubrum.

Leaves of the tree asked about here need to be seen before sure identification - of the species or hybrid it represents - becomes possible. Naming it down to the cultivar level is another matter, not necessarily easily accomplished under these circumstances.

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