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Acer rubrum

'October Glory'


October Glory Red Maple




            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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I forgot that I had planted several small trees on the college grounds until one day driving to work I saw this clear-red blaze on the edge of the parking lot. When I went to investigate I was reminded of 'October Glory': truly magnificent.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Sapindaceae (Aceraceae)
Genus
Acer
Species
rubrum
Cultivar
'October Glory'
Category
Woody
Type
Tree (deciduous)
USDA Hardiness Zone
6
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4 - 6a
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7
Temperature (°C)
-29 - (-23)
Temperature (°F)
-20 - (-10)
Height
20 m
Spread
7 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
AprilMay
Landscape
An excellent tree for residential and suburban areas however, caution should be exercised while mowing around its trunk due to its fragile bark. It looks best in groups or clusters but is also suited to use in buffer strips around parking lots, near a decks or patios and as a screen/shade or specimen plant.
Cultivation
Best grown in moist but well-drained soil, either in full sun or partial shade.
Shape
Broadly pyramidal to rounded.
Growth
Medium
ID Characteristic
Noted for it's stunning uniform red colour in autumn.
Pests
It may be susceptible to verticillium wilt and also possible inter-veinal chlorosis due when planted in high pH soils. Aphids and horse chestnut scale may also be a problem.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Often smooth and mid-grey in colour, thin and easily damaged.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
The red terminal buds can be 3-4 mm long, many scaled, and are round and smooth.
Leaf Description
The leaves are opposite, simple, ovate-palmate, light green spring through summer, but turning brilliant red in the autumn.
Flower Description
The flowers are red and have 5 small sepals and petals clustered on slender stalks. The flowers appear before leaf emergence with the male and female blooms found on separate branches.
Texture Description
A medium textured tree.
Notable Specimens
The Gardens of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada.
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