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Autumn blossom trees are not native to North America. They were introduced from Europe during the mid 1800’s. There are several varieties of these trees, but they all have one thing in common: their leaves turn red when ripe and fall off at that time. These trees produce a small number of fruit called apples or cherries, which ripen in late summer and early fall. The apple tree produces large numbers of seeds, so it is best to plant them indoors.
Most varieties of apples will survive well in most climates, though some thrive better than others.
The name “autumn blossom” comes from the fact that these trees produce their fruits in the fall season. However, there are many other names for these trees such as “red maple”, “blaze oak”, and even “fireweed”. The term “fall leaf color” refers to the red color of the leaves.
Autumn Blaze Tree Life Expectancy
A typical autumn blaze tree lives for about 10 years. Some trees may live longer, but only if they are given adequate space and plenty of water. If you want your tree to last much longer, then consider planting it outdoors where it will get plenty of sunlight and fresh air. You can also provide extra protection with a screen over its trunk or top branches.
Autumn Blaze Tree Facts About Autumn Blazere…
The common name for the autumn blossom is a reference to the dropping of its leaves in the fall, which happens at the same time as other tree types. It is a medium sized tree that can grow up to 40 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The bark on this tree is grayish with furrows that are attractive when the tree is young but turn into thick ridges as it ages. The flowers are small and white in clusters at the tips of branches, and these clusters give it a mistletoe-like appearance.
The fruits are small, about 1-inch in diameter, and grow in bunches hanging from branches. They ripen in late summer to a bright red and are sometimes used for making jellies and jams. In some climates, the fall foliage is red instead of the more common shades of yellow, orange or bronze.
The autumn blossom is tolerant of most soils, growing in many different types from sandy to loam. It grows best in well-drained soil and full sun but can grow in partial shade with thinner foliage. When growing the tree in a container, it is important that the container has a drainage hole to prevent root rot.
The trunk of the autumn blossom grows to be about one foot in diameter but can grow much larger when given enough space and time. The bark on the trunk is gray and covered with furrows that turn into thick ridges as the tree ages. The branches grow out at wide angles and are not always vertical, giving the tree a willowy appearance. The leaves are about 3-inches long and have a serrated edge with minute teeth. They are a bright green in the spring and summer but turn vivid red in the fall, hence the name “autumn blossom”.
Pruning an autumn blossom tree is usually not necessary. If the tree is growing too large or wild, it can be pruned in the dormant season to shape it. However, this should be only be done by a professional to avoid damaging the tree.
Caring for an autumn blossom is easy. It tolerates most soils but does best in moist, well-drained soil. It needs full sun and a location away from cold drafts in order to thrive. Too much fertilizer will result in lots of foliage and little fruit, so only feed in the spring just before new growth begins.
The autumn blossom is a moderate feeder, requiring about one cup of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer per year applied in the spring. Too much fertilizer will cause leaves to be smaller and fewer.
This tree is considered somewhat resistant to insect pests and disease but may be susceptible to scale insects, aphids, leaf rollers, leaf miners, cucumber beetles and tree borers. Diseases include powdery mildew, dampening off, root rot and brown rot. While insects can be washed off with a strong stream of water, diseases and fungus need to be treated with a fungicide.
The autumn blossom is a wonderful ornamental tree that adds beauty and ambiance to any yard or garden. It is lovely when in flower and even more spectacular when changing colors in the fall. This tree also provides tasty fruit for birds and other wildlife during its fruiting season.
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