Freeman's Maple
Acer freemanii

Location in Ontario

Freeman's Maple can be found throughout the Deciduous Forest Region and northward. It prefers moist soil, and is appropriately also called Swamp Maple.


A large Freeman's Maple along Big Creek, Norfolk County
 

Genus Acer
Maple trees have simple, lobed leaves that are opposite and decussate (successive pairs are 90 degrees to each other). Check this link for more about decussate leaf arrangement.

Maples are known for their beautiful fall colours. Maples are monoecious with male (pollen) flowers and female (seed) flowers on the same tree, although some species are solely male or female. Seeds are in double-winged samaras, or keys. Sugar Maple, Black Maple, Red Maple, Silver Maple and the hybrid Freeman's Maple all grow in Ontario.

TREE FACT: Maple trees are divided into "hard" maples (Sugar and Black) and "soft" maples (Silver, Red and Freeman's).

In the Landscape
Freeman's Maple is a hybrid of Red Maple and Silver Maple. It is a medium sized tree growing to 20 metres in height and 100 years of age. It often has the best of both parents; bright red foliage in the fall, but also hardy and fast growing. Freeman's Maple is becoming popular as a landscape tree.

Here is a link to an interesting article about variations in Freeman's Maple:
Freeman's Maple Illusion and Truth


Large Freeman's Maple, University of Guelph Arboretum

Leaves
Freeman's Maple has simple, lobed leaves. Identification between Red Maple, Silver Maple and Freeman's Maple is difficult since the leaves on Freeman's Maple are an intermediate between Red and Silver. Leaves turn yellow, deep gold or red in the fall.
Bark
The bark is gray, smooth when young then with a shredded appearance as it ages.
Flowers
Freeman's Maple is monoecious with male (pollen) flowers and female (seed) flowers on the same tree. Flowers are variable; male and female flowers may appear in the same cluster, or in separate clusters. Flowers appear in early spring before the leaves. Pollination is by wind.
Fruit
A single seed is contained in a key; a double winged samara. Keys twirl to the ground, dispersed by wind and water. They drop in early summer. 

Wood
Freeman's Maple has soft wood, similar in strength to Red Maple. It is sold collectively with Red and Silver Maple as "Soft Maple".
Specific gravity: not available
Janka Hardness: not available

Wood Comparison Chart

Genetics
Freeman's will reproduce on its own or with a Red Maple or a Silver Maple, meaning trees can be a variety of mixes.

Freeman's Maple is not included in the United States Forest Service Silvics Manual.

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