acer rubrum 'october glory'

October Glory Maple

It is hard to beat the easy maintenance and brilliant colors of the October Glory Maple.


  • Tolerates: Air Pollution, Drought, Wet Soil
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: March
  • Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Spread (Min): 25
  • Spread (Max): 35
  • Height (Min): 40
  • Height (Max): 50


Large shade trees are not hard to come by but a shade tree as spectacular in color and easy maintenance as the October Glory Maple is hard to compete with. The October Glory Maple is a fast-growing tree that does well in urban conditions. It provides bountiful shade all year round and its crimson-red leaves are worth counting down the days for.

  • Fast-growing: 3 feet per year
  • Tolerant of urban conditions
  • Magnificent red hues in fall
  • Hardy in even the coldest areas
  • Retains its leaves longer into late fall than other Maples

Appearance: The October Glory Maple’s leaves are similar to that of other maple leaves because they are all lobed. They do differ in their texture, though. October Glory Maple’s leaves are smoother in outline.

Planting Location: The October Glory Maple does require lots of space. It should be planted between 15 to 20 feet from any structures (houses, sheds, fences) and sidewalks and roadways.

Pruning: You may remove any weak branches or any branches that are growing too close to one another.

Uses on Property: White Oaks offer a softening of a traditionally urban environment as well as providing food sources and shelter to animals that rely on them. White Oaks are practically the hallmark of a tree that creates the perfect shade for a picnic.

The October Glory Maple is native to zones 3 – 8 therefore making it well accustomed to the climate. It is a more adaptive version of the traditional Red Maple and will thrive in all types of soils.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-8
  • Mature Width: 25-35
  • Mature Height: 40-50
  • Soil Conditions: Adaptable
  • Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Good drought tolerance