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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Tree

Red Maple Trees
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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' is most popular for its vibrant autumn colour, with the leaves displaying shades of scarlet red, orange and yellow. The attractive, glossy 3-lobed foliage is mid-dark green with a slightly blueish hue in the spring and summer, with the addition of small crimson flowers in spring. These are occasionally followed by winged green fruits that adorn the October Glory Maple for further interest.

Originating in North America, this hardy variety of Red Maple tree suits all soil types that are well-drained or moist well-drained and is happy in either sun or partial shade. Acer rubrum 'October Glory' will grow to 7 x 4 metres in 20 years to create a stunning specimen tree. Deservedly having the RHS Award of Garden Merit, the October Glory Maple lives up to its name and truly is glorious!

AKA Red Maple 'October Glory', The Scarlet Maple

  • Common name: Red Maple October Glory tree
  • Latin name: Acer rubrum 'October Glory'
  • Great for: Outstanding autumn colour
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
  • Foliage: Green-blue in spring and summer, turning scarlet red/orange in autumn
  • Soil: Best suited to moist, well-drained sites but tolerant of most soil types

Planting Advice for Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Trees

Our pot grown October Glory Maple trees can be planted at any time of the year. Begin by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Next, dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and roughly 2x as wide. To help the Maple tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place the root mass in the planting hole so that the surface is flush with the surrounding ground. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently.

We recommend planting October Glory Maple trees with a staking kit. For single stakes, knock the stake in at an angle and use a buckle tie with a spacer to prevent chaffing. Finish by watering generously around the base. For more advice, visit the help section.

Aftercare Advice for Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Trees

October Glory Maples require a good watering regime for the first couple of years. Water well and regularly throughout spring and summer, increasing in periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Our complete planting kits contain an irrigation system and rabbit guard, as well as the rootgrow and staking kits mentioned above.

Pruning Advice for Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Trees

October Glory Maple trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Red Maple, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £69.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 28L pot Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 28L pot £169.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Price £209.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £209.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Acer rubrum 'October Glory' Price £269.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £269.99 (ex VAT)
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