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October Glory Red Maple Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Acer rubrum 'October Glory'
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The name tells you two things about the October Glory Red Maple Tree, Acer rubrum 'October Glory.’ First, it has a spectacular show of vivid orange-red leaves in fall. Second, the tree holds onto those leaves well into the fall, when other maples have long shed theirs. Another benefit: October Glory is hardy even in hot southern states, making it possible to achieve that glorious fall color in places like southern Texas, where maples do not often grow well. This tree has much to offer during other seasons, as well. It produces vibrant red flowers in the spring, followed by red seed pods. In winter, the smooth gray bark offers structural interest in the garden, making this truly a four-season tree. Here are a few more reasons to consider adding an October Glory Red Maple Tree, to your landscape:

  • Makes an excellent shade tree with a dense, rounded canopy.
  • Will grow equally well in a range of soil types.
  • The seed pods attract many kinds of birds and wildlife.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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Although it can handle partial shade, October Glory likes full sun — six or more hours of direct light a day.

Watering

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October Glory does best when it receives 1.5 inches of water a week, either from rain or supplemental watering.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize with a balanced, 10-10-10 formula that is designed for landscape trees and shrubs.

Planting and Care

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by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on June 21, 2022

Planting instructions

Choose a site with well-drained soil that receives at least six hours of sun a day. Avoid planting your October Glory Maple under overhead wires or cables. Unpot your sapling and tease out any encircling roots, which can girdle the tree and slowly kill it. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and two to three times as wide. Place the sapling in the hole, spreading out the roots and holding it upright and steady. Fill in around it with topsoil that’s been mixed with well-rotted compost or manure, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of an organic mulch such as bark chips around the tree’s root zone to conserve moisture and hinder weed growth.

Watering and nutrients

October Glory needs about 1.5 inches of water a week. When newly planted, water it every few days, aiming the hose at the root zone until the water stops seeping into the soil. A mature tree won’t need as much supplemental watering, since it will have developed an extensive root zone by that time. Fertilize your tree during the growing season with a slow-release and balanced 10-10-10 formula, preferably designed for landscape trees and shrubs.

Pollination

Red Maples flower early in the spring, especially in the southern end of their range, and they are one of the earliest food sources for honeybees and other insects. Pollinated flowers lead to clusters of red seed pods sometimes called “helicopters,” which eventually fall to the ground and may be blown a distance from the tree by wind.

Pruning

October Glory Red Maple Tree doesn’t need a regular annual pruning; it should naturally achieve a pleasing rounded shape on its own. However, monitor your tree for dead, broken, or diseased branches, trimming them off whenever you see them by cutting back to the collar of the connecting branch. Avoid pruning in spring, when the tree has broken dormancy and its sap is running.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Aphids and scale insects are two of the more common pests found on Red Maples. They are best handled by releasing beneficial insects such as ladybugs or parasitic wasps, which feed on these pests. Leafroller caterpillars may also be drawn to Red Maples; infected branches should be cut out and disposed of carefully. Diseases of the Red Maple include bacterial leaf scorch — more common in drought conditions — and several fungal diseases, such as anthracnose, which can be treated with a copper fungicide.

Achieving maximum results

October Glory Red Maple is an obliging plant that grows well in a range of conditions and soil types. To have the best possible growth, ensure that your tree receives a minimum of six hours of sun a day. And although the plant isn’t picky about soil conditions, it will put forth its best efforts in soil that drains well, but also retains moisture. That may sound like an oxymoron, but soil that contains a high amount of organic matter stays moist without blocking the ability of water to pass through it. One way to add organic matter to your soil is to get in the habit of applying a layer of compost or well-rotted manure under the mulch layer each spring.

FAQs

How big will my October Glory Maple get?

This Red Maple is a sizable tree, with a maximum height of 40-50 feet, and width of 25-35 feet. Because of its size, avoid planting it under utility wires or near structures or other trees. Give your maple tree room to breathe, and you will be rewarded with robust growth and excellent color.

Where does the October Glory Red Maple grow best?

October Glory can be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4-9, and it's hardy down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most maples, it grows well throughout the northern part of the U.S. But its range is wider than most maples, and the tree will also do well in states that are not known for growing maples, such as Louisiana and Mississippi.

How is October Glory best used in a landscape?

The most obvious use is as a specimen tree in a highly-visible spot, so that it's possible to admire the spectacular fall colors of the leaves. With its broad canopy, the tree will need some space around it, unless you're underplanting it with shade-tolerant perennials or shrubs. It can also serve as an excellent shade tree next to a patio or deck, or with a picnic table under its spreading branches.

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Mature height
40-50 ft.
Mature width
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Botanical name
Acer rubrum 'October Glory'
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Grows Well In Zones
4-9
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Growing Zones: 4-9 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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