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For an ornamental, fast-growing tree with great fall color, it’s hard to beat the ‘October Glory’ cultivar of red maple. Although it does best in temperate climates, it can grow in the warm South with extra water and will provide spring flowers, spectacular fall color, and quick growth. October Glory Tree Info There are several cultivars of red maple, Acer rubrum, and ‘October Glory’ is a popular one for its spectacular display of fall color.
October Glory red maples are also popular because they grow vigorously and easily. If you need a tree that will grow fairly quickly and fill out some space with great color in the fall, this is a good choice. October Glory grows to a height of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m.). It grows best in zones 5 through 9. In areas to the south of its range, the trees grow shorter and need regular irrigation or a wet soil. In the spring, this red maple will produce pretty red flowers and will attract birds and squirrels with its seeds in the summer. In the fall, expect to see showy shades of yellow, orange, and red.