Maple, October Glory
Maple, October Glory
True to its name, the October Glory Maple is a fast-growing shade tree that’s best appreciated in the autumn, when its dark green foliage erupts into glorious fall colors…
What distinguishes the lovely October Glory Maple?
Glorious foliage in mid-autumn: fiery shades of crimson and copper.
As strong and fast-growing as it is lovely; resilient and dependable as a shade tree.
Lustrous leaves that cluster close to form a refreshingly dense canopy in the hot summer months.
Red-tinged winged “helicopter” seeds and tiny red flowers.
Smoky gray colored bark.
Keeping up appearances…
The October Glory Maple is a much-coveted must-have shade tree for any sunny yard. An East Coast native, this fast-growing species has an oval to rounded shape, growing up to approximate heights of 40-50 ft. with a respective 30-40 ft. spread; it may grow, on average, anywhere from 13-24 inches per year. The October Glory Maple makes for an excellent choice, given its ascending branches, lack of cumbersome surface roots, and its breathtaking and long-lasting fall colors. It is further characterized by glistening clusters of tiny red fruit, as well as tiny scarlet flowers that bloom from March to April. As a deciduous tree, it sheds its leaves in winter, revealing its smoky-gray and thin-slivered bark that can soften the scene of a drab wintery landscape.
A friendly recommendation.
The October Glory Maple is widespread throughout eastern and central North America, spreading all the way westward to the Great Plains and northward towards southeastern Canada. This specimen thrives given access to full direct sunlight (best during the morning) and partial shade (ideally in the afternoon), in medium to well-drained soil. It has a 4-9 hardiness rating, and has been found to be adaptable to a wide range of site conditions.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Scientifically classified as Acer Rubrum x, the October Glory Maple belongs to the family Sapindaceae (also known as the “soapberry family”) along with other maples, horse chestnuts, lychee, and roughly two thousand other species of plants.
- There are more than 100 classified maple species alone, and most—with the October Glory Maple amongst their number—are deciduous, colorful, and bear “helicopter” seeds that are shaped to spin as they fall in order to travel long distances in the wind.
This Tree's Zone: 4 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Foliage||Medium to dark green|
|Fall Foliage||Spectacular red|
|Bloom||Red to yellow|
|Bloom Time||March to April|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||40 to 50 feet|
|Spread||30 to 40 feet|