Autumn Fantasy Red Maple Tree

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Incredible Color Autumn Fantasy Red Maple Tree

  • Amazing Fall Color
  • Beautiful Shape
  • Easy Care
  • Incredibly Adaptable
  • Performs Well in High pH Soils
  • Resists Snow and Wind Damage

Our customers grow the beautiful Autumn Fantasy Maple Tree (Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy') for great shade, fast growth, pretty shape, easy care and the phenomenal color change come fall. This is one of the very best maples for reliable ruby red fall color across a wide geographical area.

This hybrid of a Silver Maple and a Red Maple is a dependable tree that has the best traits of both parents. It grows quickly and is dependable in the landscape. It grows in almost any condition and is one of the toughest and most adaptable shade trees available on the market today.

The popular red maple is prized for its landscape value as both a great shade tree and for their wonderful red fall color. But not all Red Maple are as widely adapted as the Autumn Fantasy Maple, (Acer X freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy').

A popular lawn tree this maple variety will provide shade in a short amount of time which is much appreciated in the warmer climates of the west. But this very special tree also tolerates the harsh cold of zones 3 -4 where other red maples performance may be challenged. It also grows in high pH soils found in the Western states.

Autumn Fantasy is a hybrid selection that was chosen for great form, outstanding fall color and the ability to tolerate a snow load without damage. It displays resistance to wind damage.

This improved tree is a great choice for today's yards!

How to Use Autumn Fantasy Red Maple Tree in the Landscape

Autumn Fantasy Maple Tree will be a winner in your yard and neighborhood. You and the neighbors will love the bright, bold color that comes on as nights get cooler.

Plan an outdoor recreation area in your backyard that will be shaded by the lovely leaves all summer. If used as a lawn tree, set a hammock or two directly under the tree to casually laze away a summer's afternoon.

Site it 30 feet away from a fire pit with rustic benches set in a circle around it. Autumn Fantasy Maple will create a magnificent backdrop for your fall get-togethers.

Use it as the anchor in a large, curved garden bed. You'll gain privacy and a great focal point in your landscape. Underplant a young Autumn Fantasy Maple with large evergreen Yew shrubs placed in a loose curve 10 feet behind the trunk of your tree. Plant them all at the same time, so the Yews will have a chance to get established when the Autumn Fantasy is still young and growing fast.

You'll seamlessly highlight the last part of the growing season and create interest in the winter garden. It won't take long for your planting to look very established in the landscape.

Accent the edge of your bed with sun-lovers like Ornamental Grasses, small shrubs like Goldflame Spirea, any of our perennial Asters and Autumn Joy Sedum where they'll glow in the fall sunlight.

Mulch the bed for easy maintenance, but don't let the mulch touch any stems of your plants. Give them breathing room!

In the front yard, this wonderful shade tree grows fast. Place it 50 feet away from a south or southwest facing window to provide angular shade to block the hot afternoon sun.

Because it's disease and pest free, this variety is really the perfect choice. Just plant it, then stand back and let it grow!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Autumn Fantasy Maple is adapted to a wide variety of soil types. Once established, they are one of the most drought tolerant varieties of Maple tree. It will even tolerate periodic wet soil, as long as it drains quickly.

When young, prune to maintain a single leader. Simply remove any secondary leaders back to the main trunk. Once grown, this tree is almost maintenance free.

Provide your Autumn Fantasy a well-drained, full sun location and stand back and let this tree perform.

While its tolerant of some drought, you'll get the best results with regular watering. Plan to drag your hose out to provide deep waterings during extreme periods of heat. Mulch in hotter, drier climates to 3 to 4 inches out to 3 feet beyond the outside of the canopy to protect the top of the root ball.

Fast growing Autumn Fantasy Maple Tree will be a winner in your yard and in your neighborhood. Order yours now!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Autumn Fantasy Red Maple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy'
Mature Height 45 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 35 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes