October Glory Maple

Botanical Name: Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ 

Alternate Name: October Glory Red Maple

The October Glory Maple is a female cultivar of Acer rubrum, prized for its striking fall foliage color. It generally retains its fall display longer than other cultivars. This tree is a fast-growing, deciduous maple which grows to a height of 40-50 feet with a 25-35 feet spread. It has an upright growth habit with an elegant oval or rounded crown. The branches are somewhat dense, making it a wonderful shade tree.

Acer ‘October Glory’ develops attractive red flowers on the branches in spring, before the foliage leafs out. The shiny, deep green leaves fill out the canopy later in the spring. They are approximately 3-6 inches in size, with 3 to 5 lobes and distinctive bright red petioles. Red winged samaras develop after the flowers, growing to a length of 1.5 inches, creating a beautiful contrast with the leaves. 

The October Glory Maple is on track for its fall display in October, when its leaves radiate with fiery orange and red tones like a bonfire. 

This maple tolerates many different soil types. It prefers acidic, wet or moist, well-drained soils. It also grows well in urban settings with some air pollution, although can be problematic as a street tree with its shallow roots pushing up sidewalks.

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Height: 40-50 ft.

Width: 25-35 ft.

Shape: Rounded/Oval

Flower Color: Red

Flowering Time: March

Fall Color: Orange/Deep red

Features: Dramatic fall color

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun

Watering: Moderate/Heavy & Regular

Soil: Prefers acidic, moist but well-drained soil. Can tolerate a wide range of soil types. May develop chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves if the soil is too alkaline.

Growth Rate: Fast

USDA Zones: 4-9

Uses: Specimen tree, shade tree, street tree, lawn tree, park tree, rain garden, wet sites

Similar trees: Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine,’ Acer rubrum ‘Magnificent Magenta’