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Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: rubrum (ROO-brum) (Info)
Cultivar: October Glory
Additional cultivar information: (PP2116)
Hybridized by Flemer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1961

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Feb 26, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a good cultivar of a good species, with good autumn color, of course. It is the second most common cultivar in the US after 'Red Sunset'. However, I am afraid that there is a lack of genetic diversity in planted trees because these two cultivars make up the majority of the stock. It would be better to diversify with more straight species plants and with more cultivars that are local in their origin to each area.

Neutral Joan On Oct 24, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 2116 has expired
Neutral wtxpeach On Aug 22, 2009, wtxpeach from Florence, AL wrote:

This tree has proven to be a good grower and hardy. After losing a significant branch due to storm, it still goes on. The negative would be that once it was established, the roots began to appear and the grass disappeared! Nothing grows under it. If that is not a problem for you, it is a fantastic tree.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer rubrum 'Octobr Glory'(R) OCTOBER GLORY MAPLE Dec (z4)
Deep red to red-prpl fall color makes this rounded 40'tree one of the0 glories of any fall landscape,but its wide spread & glossy foliage make it a special shade tree for summer,too. Sun/Med-damp


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Florence, Alabama
Junction City, Arkansas
Chico, California
Marietta, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Columbia City, Indiana
Underwood, Iowa
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Versailles, Kentucky
Ozark, Missouri
Warrenton, Missouri
Califon, New Jersey
Tyler, Texas
Kaysville, Utah
Grand Mound, Washington

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