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October Glory Red Maple Tree

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October Glory maple trees produce bright red flowers in springtime, dark green leaves in the summer, and some of the most vibrant red foliage in the fall!

I planted 3 October Glory trees in 2000 and they are absolutely beautiful! They are about 30 feet tall now and do a great job of shading my house. People drive by my home and stop to stare at them in my front yard.
Annie, Morris, IL

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October Glory Red Maple Tree

The Brightest Red fall foliage of any Fast Growing Tree!


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $129.95
Sale: $64.98
6 at $61.73 each
October Glory Red Maple Tree
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Maple Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
Sale: $9.98
Planting Mix for Maple Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your October Glory Red Maple Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $6.98
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $14.98
October Glory Red Maple Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $4.48

An improved cultivar over all other Red Maple Trees... superior red color of the October Glory Maple™ is intense.

An ideal landscaping tree... a fast growing tree that requires minimal attention! Commonly used to line drives or boulevards.

October Glory Maple Trees quickly mature into a pleasing oval shape, reaching up to 40 ft.

Its leaves drop later in the autumn season than other trees, so you have more time to enjoy their show!

You'll enjoy your October Glory's proud display of red foliage while other trees are bare! In the spring, it produces tiny conspicuous red flowers that pop against the backdrop of spring green. Showy red fruit attracts birds.

You get reliable color that is less dependent on the weather as other maples.

October Glories will even grow in warmer climates – areas not typically suited for trees that specialize in fall color.

Always popular – order your trees soon because supplies are limited!



Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 25-35 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer rubrum
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-8
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It's Easy to Plant your October Glory Red Maple Tree

Specific Directions for October Glory Red Maple Tree

Plant your October Glory Maple in an area that receives full to partial sunlight and at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. October Glory Maples get 40 to 50 feet tall and 25 to 30 feet wide so plant yours in an area that provides it with enough space to flourish.

October Glory Maples prefer slightly acidic soil but they will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay. October Glory Maple trees require one and a half inches of water a week and should be fertilized once a month during the summer with a well balanced fertilizer like formula 10-10-10.

Helicopter seed pods (Samaras) and little red flowers emerge in the Spring. The pods ripen from April to June and their seeds are spread from April to July. The leaves on your October Glory Maple start off tinged with red in the Spring before turning dark green in the summer and a vibrant fiery red color in the Fall.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your October Glory Red Maple Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your October Glory Red Maple Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your October Glory Red Maple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Can I plant this tree near my septic tank?
Alire on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: No, I wouldn't . The roots will ruin your tank.
Reply · Report · Tim M on Jun 10, 2014
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When is the best time of year to plant the October Glory Maple? We had to cut down a very, very, old Maple, and want to replace it as soon as possible, and how close can we plant the new maple to the site of the old one?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: i planted mine in March of 2013, I got the 5' one. In April of 2013 my dog chewed it it 8" above ground. Now in July of 2014 this tree is about 12' tall and full of leaves!! Hardy tree if you ask me!
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What eats holes in the leaves? I many tiny holes in the new leaves.
ST San Jose
salllie t on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: I noticed this can happen with Maple trees if there is either too much or too little rain.. It sounds too simple but I noticed that spraying an ALL Natural handsoap.. or dish soap like 7th generation mixed 1 tablespoon per 3 gallons of water can help ...Also it helps to have a yard with lots of birds as they tend to eat the little aphid bugs that make the holes.. Good Luck!
Reply (1) · Report · Marc M on Jun 11, 2014
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Does this tree do well in clay and sand dirt and a very hot climate? I live in colorado and I want to plant this tree in a very sunny area.
Garden Lady on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: Mam, my October glory maples are planted in a wet soft dark soil. So far they are growing very slow only 3 feet tall. I'm sure in a few years when the tree gets older they will grow faster. I am looking forward to the fall colors. I recommend buying an older tree. I think the trees will grow better in a colder climate with clay and sand. Good luck
Reply · Report · Roy k on Jun 17, 2014
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How much does this tree grow per year?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: The October Glory Maple grows about 2 -3 feet per year.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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What is the root system like? What type of seed does this produce when in spring?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: Healthy tree. Not too sure on the root system. As far as the seeds, ours is only a year old so I cant answer that question either. Sorry I could not be more help. We purchased ours becausewe of the growth rate and the color in the fall. Very beautifulup fast growing tree.
Reply (1) · Report · Randy L on Jun 27, 2014
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I want to shade my house with this tree. How far away from the house should I plant it? I don't want the branches touching the house.
Mary S on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: Grows 40'-50' high with a 25'-35' spread. I planted mine 20 feet from the front of my house.
Reply · Report · MICHAEL P on Jul 15, 2014
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In the photo the branches of the tree seem to be no more than eight feet from the ground. How do Insure the branches will be higher? I don't want to block the view of the house.
Angeleyz777 on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: I wouldn't do anything right now let it grow. If it is not full grown yet wait to see what the branches do. I don't know how old your tree is but in my thoughts right now I wouldn't do anything to it. It looks beautiful right now. But if you can't wait trim off the very lower bottom limb or limbs. You have a very nice tree but I wouldn't do anything to it. Thanks Mike Mullikin
Reply · Report · Michael M on Jun 23, 2014
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Can this tree grow in North Florida region, near Tallahassee?
Courtney Z on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: I believe this tree will do quite well in your area of the country.
I bought this tree about 10 years ago, when we were iving in McKinney, TX, just north of Dallas.
It thrived beautifully. It turned the same color as the top tree in the pictures shown.
Everyone in our area would stop to admire its beautiful color and wanted to know what type of maple it was.
When we moved south, near the Mexican border, actually in Mission TX, I bought another October Glory.

It is very hot here and it hardly rains, but the tree is surviving. Each year it gets a little bigger and fuller.
I have high hopes that it will do well. Of course, with the heat and wind, it will never be as beautiful and the
tree in McKinney.

I would not hesitate to buy this tree in your area. It should do beautifully and have great color.

Hope I have helped, Merrilyn
Reply (1) · Report · MERRILYN M on Jun 10, 2014
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Just moved into a new house. Of course the trees that came with the landscaping are small. I need shade fast. I'm 72 years old, as they say, " I don't even buy green bananas" Front of house faces the hot morning sun, East, The Back, due West, hot afternoon sun.... I want 2 fast growing trees for fast shade. Soil is clay, with mixed small rocks. Had been farm land.. What do you recommend ?
Mary K on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: the Royal Empress Tree and Hybrid Poplar are two very fast growing shade trees. The Hybrid Poplar withstands cold temperatures better than the royal Empress, so it may be the better choice depending on your area.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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Hello, Does this tree droop seeds or other mess(not including the leaves in the fall, of course)?
Greg G on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: I planted this tree (4-5 ft) almost two years ago. It is now about 8-9 ft and about 6 ft in circumference. It has never produced the red flowers in spring as described, but it is full of leaves. I have not gotten the red foliage as described either, although this year I have been increasing the acidity of the soil around the tree and hope for better results this year. So, to answer your question, I have not had any type of 'mess' from the tree so far.
Reply · Report · David A on Jul 15, 2014
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What month does this tree drop its leafs?
Barb P on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: It depends on where you are geographically. It was in the Dallas area, at my house and it dropped its leaves in December.

The nice thing about this tree is that it drops all its leaves in a short time, not like other trees that go on and on. My husband and I liked that aspect of the tree a great deal.
Reply · Report · MERRILYN M on Jun 10, 2014
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I have had my tree 5 weeks with no sign of life at all. I had someone that worked at a nursery plant it for me and I've kept it watered and I fertilized it, but it still looks dead. Is there anything else I can do? By this time in June, I expected to see some sign of life.
Gail Y on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Gail,
Don't panic yet. I had the same concern when I first purchased mine. I recommend you go to your tree and locate the base of the tree. Go up about 6 inches from the base and scratch the bark a little with your thumb nail. If you see some green, the tree is still alive. If you see white you should give the company a call.
Reply · Report · DALE M on Jun 9, 2014
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Do the roots on this tree grow on top of the soil and run like a silver maple?
Darlene S on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: Since I"ve only had my seedling less than a year, it's not much more than it was the day it arrived. I have read that this tree is a hybrid with Silver Maple in the mix, so it is likely.
Reply · Report · robert b on Jun 28, 2014
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how close to my sidwalk can i plant this tree?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not too sure but I would guess that the safest distance would be on how wide the tree would get at a mature age. I.E if the tree gets 30 ft in Diameter, than 15ft. If the tree gets 15ft Radius, than 15ft. Hope that helps!
Reply · Report · James P on Jul 5, 2014
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Does this tree have seeds that fall?
Barbara A on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: We bought it 2 years ago and it really hasn't grown that much. So far there are no seeds on it all.
Reply · Report · SHELLEY T on Sep 23, 2014
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Does this tree have drop the helicopters with the seeds in them?
Bruce L on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure what you mean. We've had this tree for a couple of years and it hasn't dropped any seeds. The leaves drop in the fall just like other trees. They are beautiful leaves though! We had really enjoyed this tree. It hasn't grown as fast as we thought it would but we're still very happy with it.
Reply · Report · SHELLEY T on Jul 16, 2014
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I purchased and planted this October Glory maple earleir this summer and it has finally died on me after a couple of months. Is this an appropriate tree for the climate of San Jose, CA - or is it simply too hot and dry a climate?
Brian K on Oct 16, 2014
Best Answer: I live in SoCal coastal region North of LA. Planted my October Glory two seasons ago in the Fall. First year tree had a good sleep, second year the roots creeped, expecting the third year for the canopy to leap. Sleep, creep, leap is what the local nursery said when buying planting supplies. Dug a three foot deep hole, filled with amended soil, placed tree, continued filling, created a simple reservoir, deep watered to help established, added tree food, watered regularly when first planted. Now I deep water once a month. Tree is easily double the original size. Box to planted in 3 days. I say if you like the October Glory, go for it again!
Reply · Report · Maureen S on Oct 20, 2014
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A shopper on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: The October Glory Maple is great for Virginia.
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Why is this tree dropping leaves in July ?
Jean K on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: If the leaves are curling upwards and turning brown and crispy before they fall off than your tree needs a little extra water. If the leaves are turning dark brown and look heavy on the tree then your tree is being over watered.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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I live in california southern calif very hot summers can it grow here?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: Parts of California can get too hot for this tree. It's not recommended past zone 8 in California.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 22, 2014
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Can this tree grow in the hot Florida weather?
Doreen on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: The October Glory Maple can't withstand temperatures outside of zone 8. Unfortunately most of Florida is too hot for this tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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I planted this tree in my backyard this past spring and have read to prune in mid-summer, as well as late fall/early winter. I live in Denton, TX just north of Dallas. Given my location, which would be best?
Harpersart on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: It would be best to prune your October Glory Maple tree in the early Fall or early Spring.
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What is the root spread of this tree?
Frances M on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we cannot answer this question. We planted the tree approximately 25' away from the back of our home so that in a few more years it will help shade our deck. Our tree is doing great and is very healthy and beautiful
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does the roots grow on top of the ground and wouldn't it be better if it were planted in the fall, rather in the hot southern summer?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: Plant in fall, and my trees do not have any roots above ground but trees are young. I'm not sure if older trees have roots above ground, I hope not
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how long till it reaches full maturity?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: It takes the October Glory Maple 20 to 25 years to reach full maturity.
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We live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which is zoned for the October Glory tree. Great price on it right now, but we have already had nights below freezing. So if I order the tree now, should I plant it outside or in a pot and bring it inside for the LONG winter?
Kerry O on Oct 5, 2014
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would the october glory maple and the autum blaze red maple tree grow in deltona, florida (zone 9)?
Lourdes c on Oct 4, 2014
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Along a Lake ?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2014
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Hello, do you have trees that ship to Arizona? We have property in the mountains outside of Show low, AZ that we want to plant some trees on but most say you don't ship to az...
jessica p on Jul 28, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
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Some dormant trees
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late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.