Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

Plant Details

Common Name: Red Maple
Type: Deciduous Tree
Zone: 4 to 9
Growth Rate: Rapid
Height: 40 - 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom Time: March
Flowers: Red
Bloom Description: Showy
Foliage: Green. Orange to Red in Fall

Attributes: Specimen, Moderate Drought tolerant.

Uses: Shade Tree. Rain Gardens - The outstanding ornamental characteristic of 'October Glory' is bright red to orange fall color (sometimes on the same tree) lasting several weeks. It puts on one of the most brilliant displays of any tree late in the fall. Plant as a specimen tree for the lawn, street or park.

Note that this tree has a shallow, flattened root system that may buckle nearby sidewalks or driveways if planted too close.

‘October Glory’ is a female cultivar that is best noted for exceptional fall color. It grows to 40-50’ tall with an oval rounded form. Attractive red flowers appear in early spring before the foliage emerges. Flowers give way to red-tinged samaras (to 1 1/2” long). Glossy dark green leaves with red stems have 3-5 lobes and are 3-6” across. Leaves retain good green color well into fall (longer than many other A. rubrum cultivars), and in more northern areas are sometimes subjected to frost prior to acquiring fall color. Orange to red fall color for this cultivar is brilliant in most years.


Quick Facts

Plant Care

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Medium to Wet
Maintenance: Low

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, slightly acid conditions.

Very cold hardy.

No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids, leafhoppers, borers, scale and caterpillars. Verticillium wilt attacks the vascular system and can be fatal. Canker, fungal leaf spot and root rots may also occur. Wind and ice may break some branches. Leaf hoppers can cause substantial damage.



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