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Question: How large will an October Glory Maple get? My next door neighbor replaced his two October Glory Maples with dogwoods three days ago. He has given me the maples and they are in my backyard (unplanted). What advice can you give me for planting these in my backyard? Thank you!

Answer: Quincy,

First of all this is a very difficult time to transplant trees. If they were still in containers at your neighbor's that is one thing but if he had them planted for a year or more and then dug them up that is really stressful to the trees. Get them planted ASAP and as you do, firm soil in around the roots and add water to settle the soil at the same time. Then build a berm around them a little wider than the root ball or 4 feet across, whichever is larger. Fill the berm with water to give the trees a good soaking. Repeat this every few days to maintain moist soil around the roots. Don't keep the soil completely saturated, just moist. It may take them a long time to show growth but this is the best way to give them a good chance at surviving the dig and replant process in the warm season of the year.

If the plants were in containers and not dug, or just planted a few weeks and then dug do the same procedure but their chances of survival are much better.

October Glory is a moderate to fast growing tree reaching 40 to 50 feet tall, and 30 to 40 feet wide.

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