At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Sapindaceae
Latin Name: Acer rubrum x October Glory
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: Spectacular red
Bloom: Red to yellow
Bloom Time: March to April
Shape: Oval-rounded crown
Bark: Silver and gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 40 to 50 feet
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

True to its name, the October Glory Maple is a tree best appreciated in the fall, when its normally dark green foliage erupts into fiery shades of crimson and copper. As strong and fast-growing as it is lovely, the October Glory Maple has an oval to rounded shape, growing up to approximate heights of 40-50 ft. with a respective 30-40 ft. spread; it may grow, on average, anywhere from 13-24 inches per year. This tree thrives given access to full direct sunlight (best during the morning) and partial shade (ideally in the afternoon), in medium to well-drained soil. It has a 4-9 hardiness rating, and has been found to be adaptable to a wide range of site conditions.

Scientifically classified as Acer Rubrum x, the October Glory Maple belongs to the family Sapindaceae (also known as the “soapberry family”) along with other maples, horse chestnuts, lychee, and roughly two thousand other species of plants. There are more than 100 classified maple species alone, and most—with the October Glory Maple amongst their number—are deciduous, colorful, and have “helicopter” seeds that are shaped to spin as they fall so as to travel long distances in the wind. The October Glory Maple is native to and widespread throughout eastern and central North America, spreading all the way westward to the Great Plains and northward towards southeastern Canada.

The October Glory Maple makes for an excellent choice, given its ascending branches, lack of cumbersome surface roots, and its breathtaking and long-lasting autumn colors. It is further characterized by glistening clusters of tiny red fruit, as well as tiny scarlet flowers that bloom from March to April. As a deciduous tree, it sheds its leaves in winter, revealing its smoky-gray and thin-slivered bark that can soften the scene of a drab wintery landscape.

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