October Glory Maples: How To Grow October Glory Trees?
The following are some of the benefits of growing October Glory trees:
1) They’re easy to grow and maintain.
You don’t need much space or special equipment to start growing them.
2) They produce a nice amount of fruit year after year, which makes it very economical to buy them in bulk.
And they last a long time too! (They’ll even keep for years if kept well).
3) They’re good for your health.
Their high levels of Vitamin C make them great for preventing heart disease and other diseases. Also, their low sugar content means they have no calories and are excellent sources of dietary fiber.
4) They’re pretty to look at!
The leaves are glossy green with white stripes, while the flowers are pinkish purple with yellow centers. If you like autumn foliage, then these will definitely fit into your garden design!
5) They’re easy to care for.
Just water regularly when necessary and fertilize once in awhile. They do require regular pruning, but it’s not difficult and isn’t likely to cause any problems.
6) They’re beautiful!
These maples are a lovely shade of bright orange and come in various colors from pale gold through deep crimson. They’re so pretty that you may want to hang them up in your home or office as decoration!
7) They smell nice!
Many people are drawn to the sweet, slightly musky scent of the flowers. In fact, these flowers have a longer vase life than most others and are absolutely lovely as part of an arrangement.
8) They’re easy to ship and you don’t have to worry about them dying if you’re getting mail order plants!
The fact that they can be shipped without much risk of dying means that you can get them from almost anywhere in the world.
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What Is An October Glory Maple?
An October Glory Maple ( Acer Rubrum ) is a tree with multiple benefits. Native people ate its roots to prevent colds, the leaves were used as poultices and the fruits were made into dyes. The tree was so useful that it was actually listed as one of the things to plant in Pennsylvania by William Penn. Even today these trees are still useful and can provide more benefits than one might think.
Where Does It Come From?
These trees are deciduous meaning that they lose their leaves in the fall and grow them back in the spring. They mainly grow in the Eastern part of North America, but some species are able to survive further north or south of there. The trees grow in a variety of soil types from sandy to clay, but all have the same preferences. October Glory Maples prefer a lot of water and thrive in wet soil, but they can survive in dry soil just as long as it isn’t absolutely arid. They grow slowly at first, but once they are able to grow up through the other trees around them their growth will speed up.
What Is It Used For?
These trees aren’t just for looks. They have a variety of uses ranging from the practical to the downright bizarre.
Fuel – Red maples are part of the Aceraceae family meaning that they have wood that burns well when it is dry. In fact, many people in the 1700’s and 1800’s used maples specifically because their wood burnt longer and gave off more heat than other types of wood.
Tobacco – Native American tribes used to make a type of tobacco from the leaves of these trees. The tribesmen would mix the leaves with other ingredients (like bird feathers and small rocks) to make sure that the tobacco was packed tightly enough to roll into cigarettes or pipes.
Food – The Algonquian tribe used all parts of the tree for food. The leaves were eaten as salad, the seeds were ground into flour and the inner bark of the tree was made into a drinkable form of sugar.
Beauty – The Algonquins used another part of the tree for entirely different reasons. They would mix the sap with charcoal and use it as eyeliner to make their eyes look larger and more beautiful.
How Can I Plant One?
You are probably wondering how you can get your very own October Glory Maple. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! All you have to do is follow these three simple steps and before you know it you’ll be enjoying the shade and beauty of your tree!
Choose A Location – You should choose a location for your tree early on. The tree needs sun, but it also needs room to grow so make sure you plant it somewhere it has space.
Dig A Hole – Once you’ve determined where you want to plant your tree use a shovel to dig a hole. The hole should be about twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as it is wide. This will ensure that your tree does not fall over in the near future.
Replant – Take your tree out of its container and remove any wires or bands that are still around the root ball. Carefully lower the tree into the hole and backfill with dirt. Make sure there is no wire or anything else poking out of the soil.
These can damage lawn mowers and wheelbarrows that run over them.
Well there you have it, three simple steps and you will be enjoying the shade of your very own October Glory Maple! These trees are great to have around and can really add something extra to your yard or garden. You don’t even have to pick out a giant one!
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* October Glory Maples are not the best trees to plant if you have a small yard. The mature size of these trees can reach up to 40 feet high and 15 feet wide!
* Be aware that October Glory Maples do not tolerate drought conditions well.
* The Aceraceae family contains other types of trees such as the Manitoba Maple, Brook Maple, and the Striped Maple.
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