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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Red in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring and Summer
Red in Autumn

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

red maple 'October Glory'

Family

Sapindaceae


Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

'October Glory' is a large deciduous tree with erect main branches. Leaves 3-lobed, dark green above, whitish beneath, brilliant crimson in autumn. Flowers crimson on bare branches. Excellent selection of the red maple

Synonym(s)

  • Acer rubrum October Glory

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem