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Acer rubrum October Glory


Red maple

Blazing red autumn colour

An outstanding variety of the American Red Maple, with blazing red autumn colour lasting well into the autumn season before the leaves fall. Clusters of tiny red flowers open on bare twigs in late winter.


A superb specimen tree for a medium-sized to large garden, park or arboretum. Enjoys an open sunny position.


Prefers a well-drained, humus-rich soil, preferably lime-free for best autumn colour. 

This award winning maple is an American selection dating to the 1960's

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 500 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 500 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site City garden

Typically available

From February to September