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October Glory MapleAcer rubrum 'October Glory'

  • October Glory Maple

One of the most popular red maple cultivars, the October Glory maple delivers on its name. The tree’s foliage holds a lustrous dark green color until later in the fall than most maples, but once the fall colors emerge, they burst forth boldly in shades of orange and red.

This beautiful shade tree would be an amazing addition to any yard.

Hardiness Zones

The october glory maple can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a shade tree, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight.

Mature Size

The October Glory maple grows to a height of 40–50' and a spread of around 35' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium to Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The October Glory maple grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained, wet, and clay soils.


This tree:
  • Provides brilliant orange to red color late in the fall.
  • Produces tiny, conspicuous red blooms in the spring.
  • Features simple, lustrous dark green leaves 3–6" in length with 3–5 lobes.
  • Yields seeds with attached red-tinged wings that are up to 1½" in length.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The showy, red-tinged fruits attract many types of birds and other wildlife.


This red maple cultivar was introduced in 1961 by Princeton Nursery.