Freeman’s Maple on Fire

Freeman’s maple, LA County Arboretum (11/8./19) Frank McDonough

Freeman’s maple, Acer fremanii, is on fire at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, reports Frank McDonough.

Known as Jeffersred (cultivar) or Autumn Blaze (trade name), this fast-growing hybrid maple was crossed between red maple, Acer rubrum (midwest), and silver maple, Acer saccharinum (Eastern).

It’s a popular choice in urban forests across California due to its dense crown, attractive shape and red-orange autumn leaves.

  • LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Arcadia (482′) – Patchy (10-50%)