October Glory® Red Maple Tree
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October Glory® Red Maple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-35'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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October Glory® Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'October Glory'
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Who needs an umbrella when you can sit in the cooling shade of a majestic October Glory® Maple tree on a hot summer day?  This moderately fast-growing selection of our native Red Maple will shade your deck or patio in a short while, and you and your family may find yourselves wanting to eat more meals outdoors or just relax in the comfort of your own backyard.  As you may have guessed from the name, October Glory is not only a shademaker, but a striking ornamental tree, too.  Like the equally popular Red Sunset® Maple, October Glory’s leaves turn color in fall—a brilliant orange-red, in fact, that’s downright fluorescent!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-35'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

The Princeton Nursery was founded in Kingston New Jersey by William Flemer Sr. in 1913. After years of searching for a new site to grow his business, Flemer chose Kingston for its nutrient rich soil and location which was halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Flemer continued to buy land and property to provide housing for his many employees. At its peak the nursery grew to 1200 acres and was the largest commercial nursery in the United States. Through the Great Depression the nursery survived by growing farm crops and using German prisoners of war for labor. William Flemer III, specialized in breeding and introduced many new varieties of shade and ornamental trees. The nursery was granted dozens of patents including October Glory® Red Maple. The nursery closed in 2010 but more than 240 acres of the nursery have been preserved along with 25 historic structures. Here you can still find many of the beautiful trees introduced and planted by the Flemer family.

The Details

Glossy deep green foliage turns to deep red in the fall. This selection makes a wonderful shade tree specimen. Oval to rounded in shape, fast growing. Does well in normal to moist soils.

How to Grow

Red Maples are one of those trees that you plant and don’t worry about afterwards. In other words – it’s easy to grow! These fast-growing Maples like soaking up sunshine so be sure to plant it in sunny location. Red Maples also do fairly well in most soil conditions as long as the soil has good drainage. Once established, your tree will be more tolerant of wet soil conditions. For the first 3 or 4 years that your Red Maple graces your garden, give it a low rate fertilizer about once a year in the fall to help it produce healthy new growth for the following spring season. Red Maples don’t need a lot of attention when it comes to pruning. Red Maples don’t have any major pest or disease problems, which is wonderful. One slight inconvenience you might encounter is their surface roots. These surface roots make it difficult for anything to grow underneath them – grass or plants (a great spot for a sitting area if you ask me). If you can overcome this minor detail, you got yourself a beautiful shade tree with gorgeous red fall color!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 50'
Avg Mature Width 35'
Spacing 25-35'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Red/Orange
Flower Color Red
Flower Time Late Winter/Early Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

7-8' tall, grown and delivered in a container. One strong person can pick this tree up although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this new addition home to your landscape.

Size C Trees:

10-12' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! Two people will be needed to lift this size Maple onto a truck or trailer.

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October Glory® Red Maple Tree
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