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October Glory Red Maple Tree

Acer rubrum 'October Glory' (PNI 0268)

You'll start looking forward to October just so you can see this tree in its glory. You'll appreciate the cooling shade the rest of the year. October Glory Maple trees are fast-growing and tolerate many different soil conditions.

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October Glory Maple Trees for Sale Online

October Glory Maple Trees are an outstanding shade tree. The Green Leaves turn bright orange to deep, reddish-purple color in the fall. It's a tall tree with a dense, rounded crown. The foliage is held on the tree later into fall than with most other maples. A superb choice as a high-branched shade tree for larger landscapes.

October Glory Maple Tree Plant GuideHow to Plant October Glory Maple Trees

Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 35 to 40 Feet
Mature Width: 25 to 30 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous tree, shade tree
Sunlight: Full sun
Habit: Upright
Foliage: Dark green, brilliant orange to deep red in fall
Flower Color: Inconspicuous, red
Pruning Season: No maintenance pruning needed
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil, acidic
Water Requirements: Water well until established, then drought tolerant
Uses: Specimen, focal point, shade tree, fall interest.
Growzone: 3-9 October Glory Red Maple Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for October Glory Red Maple Tree

Before you buy an October Glory Maple Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant an October Glory Maple?

How do I plant an October Glory Maple?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased October Glory Maple Trees plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Mix the native soil with organic materials that add some acidity, nutrients, and drainage to the area - pine fines and peat moss are great options. Remove your tree's root ball and gently score the outside of the roots with a sharp, clean knife in order to loosen the roots. Position the tree in your hole only as deep as it was in the container - you should still be able to see the nursery soil when finished. Backfill the hole, compact very gently, and water the area well. Cover with mulch but leave a 2-inch space around the trunk. If you use a tree staking kit, be sure to protect the young trunk from any wires that could cut with a barrier material, like a cut piece of an old garden hose.

How do I water October Glory Maple Trees?

How do I water October Glory Maple Trees?

Established October Glory Maple Trees can be drought tolerant, but they prefer evenly moist, well-draining soil. When first planting a young tree, you'll want to water your tree a few times a week. Make sure you water for long enough each time - deep infrequent waterings are better for the young root system than frequent but shallow ones. A 5-count for each nursery gallon size it arrived in twizce a week should work, i.e. 15 seconds for a 3 gallon pot or 25 seconds for a 5 gallon pot. After the first 4 to 5 months, your tree should be well established in its new home and only need supplemental water in dry spells or heat waves.

How do I fertilize October Glory Maple Trees?

How do I fertilize October Glory Maple Trees?

Trees such as October Glory Maple Trees grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release fertilizer such as Espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize October Glory Maple Trees again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. Slow-release, lighter fertilizers are better so that you do not burn the roots - a half-strength dose may do the trick until the tree is fully grown. Or, simply using natural organic matter for nutrients works as an excellent first line of attack - give a young tree what it needs by applying manure and/or compost around the roots when first planting. Do not fertilize after summer to avoid damage over the winter.

Where Should I Plant My October Glory Maple Tree?

Where Should I Plant My October Glory Maple Tree?

October Glory Red Maple Trees are an excellent source of shade, which can help protect your home in hot summers while also providing a serene oasis in your yard. They provide shade so they don't like to grow in shade, but will tolerate partial shade if needed. The red fall color is much more magnificent in full sun. These trees work well as a focal point in a backyard landscape, or as a focal point drawing attention in your front yard. We recommend that you allow 15 to 20 feet of space in all directions from your home, fences, utility boxes, or other large trees. October Glory Maples can grow up to 35 feet wide, and their powerful roots will spread out just as far as the canopy does. They can grow 50 feet tall so be mindful of powerlines as well. Also, choose an area with a slightly acidic soil type with adequate drainage.


Additional Information

October Glory Maple Trees are a favorite fast-growing specimen tree for spectacular fall foliage! Branches form a nicely shaped, spreading crown of lustrous green foliage that turns from brilliant orange to reddish-purple as autumn progresses. This tree will provide show-stopping fall color late into the season.

While developed from a North American native red maple, Acer rubrum, the 'October Glory' Maple Tree was cultivated in 1961 by Princeton Nursery so it does not qualify as a true native. With that said, it is still a great addition to your local ecosystem. Birds and pollinators will enjoy the tiny red spring flowers that create small reddish helicopter seeds later in the year.

You too will benefit from the wonderful shade this large canopy provides. Did you know a good shade tree can help you save money on air conditioning? If you're going to plant a focal point shade tree in your yard, what better choice than one that will brighten your day with glorious red leaves throughout the fall and rich green color in the spring and summer.


Frequently Asked questions

How Do I Prune October Glory Maple Trees?

How Fast Do October Glory Maples Grow?

Can I Make Maple Syrup From An October Glory Maple?

Do October Glory Maples Have Helicopter Seeds?

How Can I Prevent Frost Cracks or Winter Damage?


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