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

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June 18, 2006: A crack in the bark is this spider's home.




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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A Tree Grower's Diary
October Glory Red Maple

OCTOBER GLORY RED MAPLE JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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Nov. 18, 2005: We thought this tree should be renamed 'November Glory.'


Neighbor

I watch you from the window, my neighbor.
Your sweater is red and bulky.
And soon it will be winter.
Shall I bring you out a coat?
But your sweater ends up mounded at your feet,
Slender red arms revealed
Outside my window
All winter.


I watch you from the window, my neighbor.
Daring dress in blooms of red.
Yet they say more snow to come.
Does the cold wind make you shiver?
Then your flower dress ends up flying in the breeze,
Pale green camisole revealed
Outside my window
In spring.


I watch you from the window, my neighbor.
Your coat is dark and heavy.
And your arms this time are longer.
Aren't you baking in the sun?
But your parasol ends up shading all our games,
Loving gratitude revealed
Outside my window
All summer.


I watch you from the window, my neighbor.
Your coat is baked and done.
And green fades to hint at red.
Are you mixing to be brown?
But each leaf ends up turning cardinal color,
October Glory revealed
Outside my window
In fall.

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March 31, 2006
October Glory red maple flowers

Julie Walton Shaver
Sept. 30, 2003

   


Purpose of the tree:
privacy.

Photographed
from the
kitchen window.

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1999
First year neighbor

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2004
five years later.


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April 13, 2006
Flowers are followed by samaras, which birds and squirrels like to eat.
They can't possibly eat them all though.

   

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April 19, 2005 . . .

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. . . same hour, same tree . . .

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. . . each birth unique.

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Mature Samaras
also known as 'helicopter seeds,' ready for flight. We love to watch them fly.

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Samaras everywhere! Can you hear them clicking?

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May 6, 2006
Making a seed storm is one
of our favorite activities.

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Glorious shade!

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Summer Leaf

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November 2002
Weather conditions this year were absolutely perfect for a good fall color show. See Butler University's explanation about why trees change color, and why some years the colors are better than other years.

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Red branch tips help keep winter interesting.


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Midnight
in January 2005

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Morning
The next day

 

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May 1, 2006
Root flare at the
base of the tree is expected.


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But,
surface roots in the grass
are becoming a problem.


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May 9, 2006
Those roots are creeping me out!


 

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

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Oct. 1, 2004

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Nov. 14, 2004

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Nov. 25, 2004

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April 2006
The branch end where I pruned has gone crazy with new buds.


See the October Glory Red Maple Growth Chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the October Glory Red Maple fact page
See the October Glory Red Maple color change
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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