Boyd Nursery Co Boyd Catalog october glory maple logo

October Glory ® Maple - 'Acer rubrum 'October Glory''

The October Glory ® Maple is a cultivar of the red maple released by Princeton Nursery. At maturity it can reach 40 to 50 feet in height and is an excellent shade tree for your home. With its lustrous dark green summer foliage and brilliant orange to crimson-red fall colors, the October Glory ® Maple is distinctly different from other Red Maple cultivars because it retains its foliage later than most other red maples and grows in a more oval-rounded form. As a red maple cultivar, October Glory ® Maples should be propagated only from rooted cuttings or tissue culture because of a high percentage risk of having a problem named graft incompatibility. Graft incompatibility occurs when the tree breaks at the graft union once reaching a mature age. Like all maples, home owners should be mindful of how close it is planted to sidewalks, foundations, driveways, etc. because of its shallow root system. Species name of rubrum (meaning red) is manifest everywhere.From its red flowers in dense clusters in late March to early April, red fruit, reddish stems and twigs to its red buds and exquisite orange-red fall foliage, October Glory ® is one of the most popular cultivars of Acer rubrum available for sale.
october glory maple

Common Name:October Glory ® Maple
Type: Deciduous Shade Tree
Family: Sapindaceae (Aceraceae)
Leaves: Emerging leaves are reddish tinged gradually chagning to medium to dark green above with a distinct gray cast beneath. Fall colors offer excellent orange to red. Leaves are opposite, simple, 2 to 5 inches long and wide, 3 although often 5 lobed, tiangular ovate lobes and sinuses are irregularly toothed.
Size: 40 to 60 feet in height but occasionally reaches 100 to 120' in the wild. The spread is less than or equal to the height.
Hardiness: Zone 3 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Habit: A good oval-rounded outline of a tree becoming more spreading. This tree makes for wonderful shade.
Rate: Medium to fast.
Flowers: FLowers are borne with petals in March.
Diseases & Insects: Leaf hoppers will cause considerable damage, also borer that attacks yound terminals.
Landscape Value: Excellent specimen tree for lawn, park or street; does not tolerate heavily polluted areas; does not grow as fast as Silver Maple; however, it does grow faster than Sugar Maple. It is much preferable because of cleaner foliage, stonger wood and better fall color. Red Maples in general are the light that brightens the fall color sky throughout the northern midwestern and northeastern states; the fall color can be so dazzling, and combined with a backdrop of White Pines paints, it a picture that no master could duplicate; the only thing consistent about the Red Maple fall coloration is the inconsistency from tree to tree; some remain almost green or at best yellow-green, others bright yellow, others flaming orange or red.
Soil Preference: Transplants readily as a small specimen bare root, or balled and burlapped in larger sizes. Very tolerant of all soils; however, it has a preference for slightly acidic soil with moist conditions.
Care: Prune in winter and water transplants thoroughly and often.
Fertilization: Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.


october glory thumb1

Interested in purchasing October Glory ® Maples?
This product can only be shipped during the Winter and Spring shipping season

We do have balled and burlap trees available in wholesale quantities. Please call with the size and quantity that you are interested in, and we will provide you with a quote. Wholesale orders are shipped dependent upon the customer's needs.


globe logo

First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
How did you find us?     Privacy Policy.


plant index


Broadleaf Evergreens Flowering Shrubs Groundcovers


Ornamental Trees


Shade Trees Vines Wetland Plants