October Glory® Red Maple Acer rubrum 2.5-3"Cal B&B
October Glory® Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is a deciduous tree that is popular for its stunning fall foliage. The tree has a moderate growth rate and can reach a height of 40 to 50 feet and a spread of 30 to 40 feet. The size of the tree mentioned, 2.5-3" Cal B&B, refers to the caliper of the tree, which is the diameter of the trunk measured 6 inches above the ground level. Therefore, a 2.5-3" Cal B&B tree will have a trunk diameter of 2.5 to 3 inches at the specified height and is sold as a balled-and-burlapped (B&B) plant.
When planting an October Glory® Red Maple, it is essential to choose a site with well-drained soil and full sun exposure. The tree can tolerate some shade but will produce more vibrant fall color in full sun. The tree prefers a slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
After planting, the tree should be watered regularly until it establishes. In the following years, the tree may require supplemental watering during periods of drought. The tree does not require much pruning, but if necessary, it should be done in late winter or early spring before the buds begin to open. The tree can be lightly pruned to maintain its shape and remove any dead, diseased, or damaged wood.
In addition to its stunning fall foliage, the October Glory® Red Maple also produces small red flowers in early spring, which are attractive to pollinators. Overall, the October Glory® Red Maple is an excellent choice for adding color and interest to a landscape, and with proper care, it can provide years of enjoyment.