ViburnumValley said:I personally would never buy an unlabeled, unidentified, or mislabeled plant - especially a tree! - that I wasn't absolutely sure of its identity, unless it really didn't matter for the long term life of that plant in my landscape. Sometimes "close enough" is good enough - especially if you can afford to make the mistake.
You cannot get a 100% certain answer that this plant is an Autumn Blaze Maple (<I>Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze') - short of paying for a DNA test. I can tell you it looks like it, and it probably is - because that is a plant that is easy to propagate and has been grown in the horticulture industry for a long time. You are probably getting this one from a big box store that doesn't specialize in plants, but in volume and low price. Autumn Blaze is a hybrid between Red Maple and Silver Maple.
I planted the first ones I grew back in 1987, on a thoroughbred horse farm where I managed the landscape. I have three of them growing here at Viburnum Valley. They grow quickly, have decent fall color most years, and tolerate wetter and drier conditions. They do tend to form narrow crotches in their branching patterns - like many Red Maple and Silver Maple plants - so you must stay on top of your pruning regimen to ensure only the widest angles of branching are allowed. No double, triple, or quadruple parallel stems, or you will have a big splitting breakup of your tree just when it starts looking good. Here is a November 2017 image of one of my plants, showing habit and general fall color character.
So: it is always your choice. Purchase blindly, plant, and grow. Or - go for certainty from a reputable grower who knows what they are selling you, and are willing to back it up with their name and honor.
ViburnumValley said:Hi haushinka:
I am currently on an extended vacation "Across The Fruited Plain", and won't be home for a few weeks. KY, OH, IN, IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, WY, MT, ID, OR, and NV are currently under my belt.
I will try to respond to this once back at the Valley, but may need a reminder nudge. Others here should be able to show you what is meant by "narrow branch crotch angles", though. Googling those terms should also bring it up, as should any primer or article about pruning trees for structural long term health.