Acer rubrum – October Glory Lipstick Maple
This is one of three varieties of Lipstick Maple. Also known as PNI-0268 or April Splendour
*height & width at maturity
FOLIAGE: Lush green summer foliage with leaves that tend to stay on the tree longer than usual. Autumn colour is a dark pinkish-red developing to crimson or dark orange-red, hence the nick-name ‘Lipstick Maple’. Colours well in unfavourable conditions. The undersides of the leaves also change from grey in the Spring to pinkish in the Autumn. WARNING – Foliage is toxic to horses.
BARK: The bark is a smooth dark grey when tree is juvenile with young twigs exhibiting a bright red colour. As the tree ages, the bark becomes darker and develops fine, long fissures.
GROWTH RATE: Moderate to fast
DESCRIPTION: A cultivar of Acer rubrum, the Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ is a well structured tree that is adaptive to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. The uniform growth habit and superb autumn colour of the Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ add to the landscape value, making it an ideal species for a specimen tree in public parks and gardens, streets and home gardens. This tree serves as a great source for shade and providing stunning autumn colour.
LANDSCAPE USES: This Lipstick Maple makes an attractive specimen tree in medium and large gardens. A great tree for avenue and group plantings due to its stunning autumn colour. Please be aware that the foliage of any acer rubrum is toxic to horses.
TOLERANCES: Hardy. Full sun. Adaptable to most soils, colours best in slightly acid soils
TREE CARE: Plant in a well drained and well worked soil. Take care to plant the bud union above the soil level. Water in well and keep soil moist until tree is established. Fertilize when planting and again after new growth appears. Prune tree when planting to encourage new growth.