In colder climates there is a seemingly endless list of trees which produce amazing autumn color. But in areas with mild winters the number of trees with striking autumn foliage is far smaller. That's the reason why a tree like 'October Glory' red maple is so welcome. This maple, known in Australia as the Lipstick tree, is actually Acer rubrum 'October Glory', a maple native to North America but now found throughout much of the temperate world. And although it is most appreciated in those warmer areas such as the Southern states of the US and in Australia. But this striking tree is also popular in colder regions such as the UK, northern US and British Columbia in Canada.

October Glory is simply one of the best and most popular maple trees for autumn color. Some trees may rival it but none can excel it in intensity. The color begins as a dark pinkish-red, which over time, shifts to crimson and deep orange producing a brilliant mosaic. And these brilliant leaves tend to stay on the tree longer than usual making for a prolonged autumn show.

October Glory has an upright habit with a good oval-rounded form and will grow 40 to 50 feet in height. Its summer foliage is lustrous and dark green and quite handsome and renders it a nice, medium sized shade tree. And it's not just a one-season interest tree. In early spring, bright red flowers in dense clusters break out all over the branches before the leaves emerge. And these flowers are soon followed by the equally colorful seeds or samaras.

All Red maples are friends to wildlife since the seeds are popular with squirrels and birds. It's suitable as a specimen tree, a street tree or even lining a drive where a long row of them would be very dramatic. It's even suitable as a Bonsai subject. It will do best in consistently moist places since it is not drought tolerant. It is justifiably popular in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.


October Glory red maple

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