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Red Maple ‘October Glory’ | Plant Profile

Red Maple ‘October Glory’ (Acer rubrum) are vibrant maples with green foliage in summer that gives way to bright red fall foliage. They are medium sized trees that are popular in the American northeast.

‘October Glory’ prefers average fertility, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. These hardy trees can tolerate some wet soils once established, but consistently moist soil is preferable. Red Maple are hardy to cold winters.

These ornamentals can be planted singularly or aligned as a border. They provide shade and privacy. ‘October Glory’ can often be found as street trees or in parks. Able to tolerate wet soils, ‘October Glory’ is ideal for low spots or to dry wet areas of a yard.


Red Maple 'October Glory' Characteristics

Red Maple 'October Glory' is a cultivar of Red Maple that is particularly showy in fall. These ornamental trees are native to the Northeastern United States, so are suited well to the Pittsburgh climate. The trees have a rounded shape with lobed the lobed foliage that is standard of maples. Showy red flowers sprout before the leaves in early spring. As the flowers die back, samaras (commonly referred to as helicopters) emerge. The leaves remain green deep into fall before turning a brilliant fire-red.

Red Maple can be vulnerable to some diseases and pests. Verticillium wilt is the most dangerous and can be fatal. Some fungus and pests may make their home here, such as leaf hoppers. The branches can be damaged under heavy snow, ice, or wind. These trees have a strong and shallow root system and should not be planted near pathways or foundations.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
40.00 - 50.00
30.00 - 40.00'
Bloom Time
Medium - Wet
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?