Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

(October Glory Red Maple)

By October 13, 2021
Close up of green and red leaves of a Acer Rubrum 'October Glory', October Glory Maple Red tree

About Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ (October Glory Red Maple)

This striking tree is called Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’. This deciduous tree features dense green leaves throughout the spring and summer seasons followed by a color change to oranges and reds in the fall. Its common name, October Glory Red Maple, comes from the obvious description of its fall colored maple leaves. Before its 5-lobed, serrated foliage arrives in the spring, dense red colored flowers emerge. As a moderate grower, you can expect its mature average landscape size to reach 40-50′ tall by 30-40′ wide growing up to 3′ per year. This hardy tree can withstand temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit and is considered a low-maintenance landscape tree.

Care and planting instructions

Plant Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ in an area that receives full sunlight using an average well-draining soil. Water regularly to establish a healthy root system then reduce the frequency making sure that the soil stays moist but not soggy. To encourage spring growth, use a general tree fertilizer in the early spring before new buds appear. If desired, prune in late winter to control size or shape and to clean out any dead branches.

Landscape design ideas

This tree is a beautiful addition to any landscape design. Its striking leaves and dominant appearance can add an interesting talking to a residential landscape design or fill large spaces that require shade during the warmer months of the year. Use this variety in parks or city street medians to admire the colorful changes with the seasons.


Botanical Name: Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

Common Name: October Glory Red Maple

Average Landscape Size: 40-50' x 30-40'

Plant Type: Deciduous

Bloom Color: Red

Foliage Color: Green - Spring & Summer, Red - Fall

Forms: Tree

Sizes: 15 Gallon & 24" Box

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Dramatic Color, Low Maintenance, Pet Friendly, Seasonal Color Change to Foliage, Easy Pruning, Ornamental Plant, Tolerates Light Frost,