Brandywine vs. October Glory A. rubrum

hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)August 2, 2013

Has anyone grown these two Acer rubrums side by side to compare them?

Brandywine is appealing to me as a male/seedless cultivar. At least the marketing photos show it to have a deeper, more burgundy fall color compared to the more red-red to orange-red of the OG.

Most literature says it (Brandywine) colors about a week earlier than OG but I've seen some say it actually colors later...which around here would be getting into Thanksgiving since OG peaks in early Nov. here. I'd prefer something that peaks closer to late October.

It also seems that Brandywine is a bit more upright than most A. rubrums - not columnar per se but a bit more of an upright oval.

Can anyone who has one tell me anything?

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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)


    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 12:58PM
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The claim that it colors a week(!) later than OG is intriguing. I would have to see it to believe it.

Also my OG colors burgundy red with no orange and it is in full sun till around 6. Red Sunset has quite a bit of orange in its fall color.

No personal experience with Brandywine, sorry


This post was edited by j0nd03 on Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 13:09

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:07PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I saw a chart (that I can't find now) that showed Brandywine peaking about a week BEFORE OG, this was a trial done in Maryland.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:55PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

The earlier things turn around here the better otherwise it gets ruined by early freezes.

The ones that seem to hang on even after hard freezes are oaks.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 2:48PM
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Had a Brandywine back in Pittsburgh. It turned a nice red-color most of the time, sometimes with a touch of magenta or maroon. My memory says that it peaked in late Oct - it usually had full color or some leaves falling when the kids were trick or treating. The shape was the same as any other red maple as far as I could tell, kinda rounded or ovalish.

I liked its summer foliage too...just a nice tree.

This was zone 6a, so it might be a bit later to turn in fall in your zone.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 11:02AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

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