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PlantFiles: Freeman's Maple, Hybrid Red Maple
Acer x freemanii

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: x freemanii (free-MAN-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Acer freemanii
Synonym:Acer rubrum x saccharinum


over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 10, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Freeman maples combine the fast growth and adaptability of the silver maple (Acer saccharinum) with the splendid red fall color, better form, and stronger architecture of the red maple (Acer rubrum).

Because they do not commonly become hazard trees or self-sow weedily, the seedless Freeman maple cultivars are much superior to silver maple in an urban or suburban setting. I don't know why anyone would plant a silver maple when they could grow a Freeman maple, unless they're restoring a forest.

There are several cultivars, the product of deliberate hybridization. Some are seedless.

The leaf shape is much closer to the silver maple's than to the red maple's.

This hybrid also occurs occasionally in the wild.

Positive Malus2006 On Mar 1, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

A interesting cross between a Silver Maple and a Red Maple. It generally have the foliage somewhere between a Silver Maple and a Red Maple, more vigor, and have red fall foliage. Still rare in yards for some reason.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Roslindale, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Essex Junction, Vermont
Laramie, Wyoming

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