Red Maple, Scarlet Maple 'October Glory'

Acer rubrum

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
Registered or introduced: 1961



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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'. It is noted as being oval-round in form and bearing its fall color later than most other Red Maples. Depending on conditions the fall color ranges from orange to red, and it colors better than 'Red Sunset' farther south in Zones 7b and 8. 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.


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

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 2116 has expired


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.


On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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