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October Glory Red Maples: How To Grow October Glory Trees

October Glory Red Maples: How To Grow October Glory Trees


By: Mary Ellen Ellis

For an ornamental, fast-growing tree with great fall color, it’s hard to beat the ‘October Glory’ cultivar of red maple. Although it does best in temperate climates, it can grow in the warm South with extra water and will provide spring flowers, spectacular fall color, and quick growth.

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There are several cultivars of red maple, Acer rubrum, and ‘October Glory’ is a popular one for its spectacular display of fall color. October Glory red maples are also popular because they grow vigorously and easily. If you need a tree that will grow fairly quickly and fill out some space with great color in the fall, this is a good choice.

October Glory grows to a height of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m.). It grows best in zones 5 through 9. In areas to the south of its range, the trees grow shorter and need regular irrigation or a wet soil. In the spring, this red maple will produce pretty red flowers and will attract birds and squirrels with its seeds in the summer. In the fall, expect to see showy shades of yellow, orange, and red.

How to Grow October Glory

October Glory red maple care is similar to care for any maple. The first consideration is to find the best spot for growing an October Glory tree. These trees prefer part shade but will grow in full sun.

They tolerate a range of soil types, and they do best with adequate water. A location that dries out quickly is not best for this maple tree. They will not tolerate salt or drought very well. The roots may disrupt driveways and sidewalks as they grow.

When planting a new October Glory, water it well and regularly until it has established its roots, typically for one season. After that care is mostly hands off, but watch out for diseases and pests, like aphids, scales, and borers.

The diseases this maple may be susceptible to include scorch, tar spot, girdling roots, and leaf spot. Girdling roots can kill your maple and are difficult to treat, so prevent them by removing any circling roots on your young October Glory.

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When to Plant October Glory Maple Trees?

America's native red maple grows fast the October Glory red maple cultivar grows faster. Speed of growth is not the only reason this maple is so frequently used in home landscapes. A showy tree, it dances into spring with tiny, crimson flowers that transform into fruit of the same color. Its shiny green leaves blush a rich red in October and hold on the tree for weeks. The ideal time to plant this deciduous tree depends on several factors.


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October Glory® Red Maple is truly a show stopper in the fall. This tree is one of the last Red Maples to color in the fall, and explodes with a stunning red fall color.

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Why it rocks:

October Glory® Red Maple is mostly planted for its spectacular red fall color. In October this tree stops traffic, and it will have the neighbors wishing they had one in their yard as well! This tree has a desirable round shape with attractive green foliage in the summer that burst with color in the fall.

Where to put it:

October Glory® Red Maple should be planted where you can most enjoy its color and shade. Because of its size, it should be planted at least 15ft from buildings to allow it plenty of room for its beautiful shade. Parkways, front yards, and backyards are great locations for this popular tree.

What it needs:

October Glory® Red Maple thrives in almost any home landscape. This tree will benefit from well-drained soil conditions, and shouldn’t be planted where it can be over-exposed to salt.


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Which Street Maple Tree Gives the Best Autumn Show?

Red Maple street trees are beloved all over the United States for their lush, green foliage, ease of care and bright autumn displays of color. Drought-tolerant and disease-resistant, red maples make maintenance a breeze. They are an easy choice for any landscape design requiring street trees. But how do you choose the best fall color? Keep reading to learn about several varieties that put on a show, each in their own way.

Acer rubrum “Bowhall”

Height: 50 feet
Spread: 15 feet

The Bowhall Red Maple boasts bright orange and red fall foliage, making it a stand-out among deciduous trees. Its furrowed, silvery bark and deep red branches only enhance the interest of this maple. Bowhall is a narrow, upright tree with a low canopy (typical clearance is around 5’) that looks great when planted alongside coarser trees and shrubs.

Acer rubrum “October Glory”

Height: 50 feet
Spread: 40 feet

October Glory Red Maple has dark, lustrous green foliage which turns to a brilliant scarlet red in the fall. This is one of the last of the Red Maples to turn colors, making it an excellent choice to pair with earlier-turning varieties. Once the leaves do transform from green into vibrant oranges and reds, the autumn show will last for several weeks. This beautiful late-autumn spectacle makes October Glory a favorite among Red Maples.

Acer rubrum “Autumn Blaze”

Height: 60 feet
Width: 40 feet

Autumn Blaze lives up to its name, year after year, with larger leaves that turn from deep green to vibrant crimsons and oranges. This tree is quite tolerant of adverse conditions, more so than other red maples, making it a good choice for trickier locations such as hills. It has a particularly rapid growth pattern and a lovely oval crown when fully mature. With consistently beautiful fall foliage and brick-red branches, Autumn Blaze offers interest and intrigue every year.

Acer rubrum “Red Sunset”

Height: 50 feet
Spread: 40 feet

Red Sunset is a popular red maple with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its popularity is well-deserved as even a casual observer will plainly see each autumn. When the weather begins to cool, Red Sunset’s leaves slowly change from their classic green to all shades of fire, causing the tree to appear aflame. All shades between orange and red give this tree great interest and beauty every autumn!

Acer x freemanii “Armstrong”

Height: 50 feet
Spread: 20 feet

Armstrong offers a different kind of appeal. A hybrid of red and silver maples, its lobed leaves are much more deeply cut than its fellow red maples, making the leaves appear star-shaped! The fall color is bright and cheery but not quite as flamboyant as more true maples. However, Armstrong has strength in its narrow spread, making it a good tree for tight places such as close to buildings or planted on the strip between the street and the sidewalk.

Acer “Pacific Sunset” Acer truncatum x Acer platenoides “Warrenred”

Height: 30 feet
Spread: 25 feet

Pacific Sunset is a bit of an early bird compared to other red maples, turning its leaves when the weather first begins to cool. The glossy green foliage makes way for autumn color that ranges from a yellow-orange to bright ruby. However, if planted in shade, this tree will give yellow, almost translucent fall foliage. Pair Pacific Sunset with more later-turning varieties, like October Glory, for a continuous flow of color all season long!


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