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

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October Glory Red Maple
Journal
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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October Glory Red Maple

OCTOBER GLORY RED MAPLE GROWTH CHART

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver



See the color change in fall of 2004.

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February 1999: The only tree that shaded the backyard for a few minutes in the morning was a mature river birch, which, as you can see, bit the dust after an ice storm.

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March 1999: A few weeks later, we built the tree house, and planted the October Glory red maple near where the river birch was.

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I used to take pictures of Bradley and his friend, Andrew, playing, but secretly, I was positioning myself so as to get the trees in the background.

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May 1999

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June 2002

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November 2002

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September 2003

 

 

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May 2004

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May 2005

 

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November 2005

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May 20, 2006

 

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July 2010
During spring, summer and fall, we have complete privacy from the house behind us now!
After 11 years in our yard, the trunk of the October Glory tree measures about 31.5 inches around at chest height.

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In the background of the pictures at the top of the page is a large Purple European Beech with a majestic 100-foot-tall purple crown. This was my all-time favorite tree.

   


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
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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