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1.'October Glory' Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'October Glory'


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
3 – 9
40 – 50
Spreading and symmetrical with narrow head and ascending branches; oval-rounded outline
Best in sun or partial shade
Moist, well-drained soil preferable
often reddish, maturing to brown, winged fruit
Landscape use:
Great shade tree of excellent habit and beautiful color; superior to other soft maples; plant in groups for best effect
Native range of red maple is Newfoundland to Florida, west to Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas; introduced 1860; ‘October Glory’ introduced by Princeton nursery
Significant Features:
Intense orange to red fall color which can last into mid-November; long lived; rapid growth rate


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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