Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the BCC black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Acer x freemanii A.E.Murray 'Autumn Fantasy'
Freeman's maple (a cultivar known as DTR-102)
Black tag 317
Acer x 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 hybridisation - 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.
Acer x freemanii in Belfast Botanic Gardens
Branch of Acer x freemanii
Acer x freemanii in summer
Leaf of Acer x freemanii
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2015 and 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic