Spring 2004
October Glory Red Maple
In our yard, this is 'Bradley's Tree'


October Glory Red Maple
Growth Chart
Detailed Facts
Fall Color Change
Tree Calendar
Julie's Trees

Facts at a Glance
Acer rubrum -
'October Glory'

Planted March 1999
Planting height: 9'
Planting trunk: 2.5"

2006 Update
7-yr height: 33'
7-yr trunk: 22"
7-yr spread: 22'

Mature Height: 40 to 50'
Spread: 25 to 35'
Growth rate: Fast
Form: Broad, round
Flowers: Red
Fall color: Red
Hardiness zone: 5 - 8
Culture: Sun/partial shade

Best feature:
Fall color

Worst problem:
Surface roots

Do over? Yes

Birth of a Helicopter Seed

It's Been a Long, Slow Winter

NEW! Measuring the Height of Trees: The Bradleymeter

Swamp Maple and the Pool of a Thousand Lives

October Glory Spider

October Glory: Far Exceeding the Tree Tag

Can You Hear It? Close Your Eyes. Listen.

Tripping Over the Fact That I Don't Have a Compost Bin


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Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver


Compare the fall color from the 2004 chart, above, and the fall color in the 2005 chart, below.

In 2005, the fall color lasted only one week, compared with more than three weeks in 2004. Weather makes all the difference. In late summer and early fall, 2005, there was very little rain, the daytime temperatures were hot, and the nighttime temperatures were very warm. For optimum fall color, there should be a fair amount of summer and early fall rains, and fall temps need to be warm in the daytime and cool at night, generally speaking.


See the growth chart for a series of pictures of this tree over the years,
and daily through the fall of 2004.

Black space holder type


May 1999



November 2002


May 2005

See the October Glory Red Maple Journal
See the October Glory Red Maple growth chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the October Glory Red Maple fact page
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