Stemming from its Silver Maple parentage, this hybrid is an extremely fast grower and tolerant plant, able to withstand drought conditions and heavy soils, which the Red Maple, its other parent, cannot. However, the Freeman Maple has more of the strength in wood of the Red Maple.
The Armstrong Red Maple is a cross between Acer rubrum and Acer saccharinum and is known for its columnar habit and brilliant red to red-orange fall coloration. This species has the durability of the Silver Maple and can tolerate urban conditions. The root system is less aggressive, though, so it can be planted as a street tree.
'Celzam' has a classic upright form with uniform growth, making for a great specimen tree in the landscape. This plant, like most Freeman hybrids, is generally seedless and is also known for its fall color. In early October, 'Celzam' becomes a brilliant red and then slowly changes to gold by late October.
This cultivar is among the best for fall foliage of both Red and hybrid Red Maples. It is an extremely fast grower and appears to be more drought tolerant than most Acer rubrum cultivars. 'Jeffersred', is often sold under the tradmark name, Autumn Blaze.
The Marmo Maple has similar characteristics to its Silver Maple parent, more so than to its Red Maple parent. This cultivar produces staminate flowers, and therefore is seedless. 'Marmo' fall color ranges from reds to greens. Once established, it becomes tolerant to most pests and disease.
This cultivar is a cross between the Red Maple and the Silver Maple, though it's leaves and bark more closely resemble the Silver Maple. It is one of the most adapted maples for southern regions of the country. 'Scarsen' is known for its colorful yellow-orange to orange-red fall foliage and columnar growth form.
The Amur Maple can be invasive in areas of New England. This small tree, large shrub, has been used for screening and mass plantings along buildings. The straight species has little to no disease or insect issues but some cultivars such as 'Flame' have issues with verticillium wilt. This species is widely adaptable to soil pH's and different types of soils and can be container plant. Unlike most Maples, the Amur Maple has fragrant yellow…
This cultivar is similar to its straight species; Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala except for its fall color has a more vibrant coloration. Used similarly as the straight species, screening, mass plantings and patio plant are great uses for this plant. This cultivar can have issues with verticillium wilt as well.