Perfect Fast Growing Shade Tree for Fall Color!
The October Glory Maple tree is a fast growing red maple cultivar that makes a beautiful shade tree in any yard or landscape!
The acer rubrum October Glory red maple has glistening dark green leaves all through early spring and summer. The fall foliage will turn a radiant orange to red color late in October and November. The fall color will last for several weeks on this deciduous tree while providing a dramatic display during the growing season before the red leaves drop.
Maple tree October Glory is also known as a Silver Maple and displays a silvery-gray bark. Red maple trees feature tiny but noticeable red flowers that begin to bloom in spring. Its elegant red fruit attracts birds and other wildlife.
The general shape of this October maple is oval shaped and pruning should be taken seriously while it is a young tree to improve overall size and shape to what you desire.
The tree may produce syrup but it is inferior to black and sugar maple syrups.
The maple grows 40 to 50 feet tall with a 25-35 foot wide branch spread. The October Glory red maple growth rate is extremely fast… up to 1 to 2 feet per year until it becomes a mature tree. The October Glory maple size makes it an excellent front yard and shade tree to enhance curb appeal.
The October Glory tree is tolerant to a wide range of soil types but prefers slightly acidic soil and moist soil conditions along with partial shade to full sun. Well draining soil is best.
Be sure to water well the first year of planting to establish the October Glory maple tree root system. Once established, the tree is drought tolerant. Relatively free of pests and disease. Grows well over most of the United States in USDA growing zones 3-9.
This fast growing tree’s improved heat tolerance and dependable red fall color make this tree one of the most popular selections of red maples available. The red foliage is shockingly noticeable!
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This October Glory Maple for sale will be sure to entice anyone looking at your yard.
Check out our Maple Tree Grow Guide for more information.
Once your October Glory Red Maple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order. Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.
OCTOBER GLORY RED MAPLE CARE:
The October Glory Red Maple prefers full sun or partial shade. They prefer steadily moist but not soggy soil that is neutral to slightly acidic. Regular watering is especially important until established. A planting site should be chosen that offers reasonable clearance from driveways and sidewalks.
Although the October Glory Red Maple’s root system is not particularly invasive, their roots develop near the surface and can be damaging to stationary structures. Occasional pruning is beneficial to promote a strong, balanced structure. Any dead or damaged branches should be removed at their base. Pruning timing is important for any Maple tree and should only be performed in mid to late summer, with July and August being ideal in most climates.
It is most ideal to plant these trees in the fall or winter, during their dormant period of increased root growth.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your October Glory Red Maple, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Very pleasantly surprised at the condition when it arrived looking very healthy even after being boxed up in a UPS truck for a week. Tree looks like it's struggling somewhat to adapt to being transplanted or still in some sort of shock. Leaves especially at the top look to be wilted and drying out even though we've been having a lot of rain lately. Maybe it's just from planting it so late in the spring. Keeping fingers crossed.
Waited for my review to see if my tree leaved in the spring and it did! I ordered at the end of fall and the tree had already lost its leaves so I was skeptic about its wellbeing. Spring has sprung and so has my tree! Considering another tree for my back yard now.