Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Acer freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy'
Freeman's maple (also known as DTR-102)
Acer freemanii is a hybrid between A. rubrum
and A. saccharinum, both parents being North American natives. The
original tree was selected and registered by Willet Wandell in central Illinois.
It makes a substantial tree up to 20m high, a narrow shape when young as in
the Belfast Botanic Gardens, but more spreading as it ages. There are a number
of different versions of this hybridization - other variations are Autumn
Blaze, Celebration, Morgan and Marmo. These vary in final height, leaf shape
and growth form. All have deeply cut leaves turning red or orange-red in autumn,
small red flowers in spring and reddish young stems.