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  1. Creatrix

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    Hello: I have been trying to locate a FLAME AMUR Maple or an OCTOBER GLORY RED Maple for purchase (central Vancouver Island) but have not had success on-line.
    I have narrowed my choices to trees that will not interfere with overhead lines.
    Does anyone have a lead? ( tried online listings in Victoria).
    Thank you
     
  2. emery

    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    My experience with 'Flame' isn't positive. The autumn colors are poor here in Normandie. It has become increasingly hard to get, perhaps because it's not very good! 'October Glory' is a fine maple and should be easily available in the trade, though you may have to go a bit further afield, and have a smaller specimen shipped to you. Good luck, maybe someone local can suggest a supplier.
     
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    Thank you Emery for your experience: I appreciate it. BTW: if you know...is it possible to tap October Glory for maple syrup.(I do not want to plant a Canadian Giant Maple etc. as I do not have the room or patience to wait for it to grow: my husband teases me saying that by the time it is ready for tapping we will be part of the compost!)
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    You're welcome. You can tap it, but it won't have as much sap (or sugar content) as a sugar maple. They aren't usually used for sugaring for this reason. And you do need a strong day/night temperature differential to get a good crop.

    If you have any mature birches, they tap well and produce a lot of sap. It's not as sugar-rich as maple, but with sufficient reduction you can make a nice syrup. Folks around here like to drink it as a revitalizing potion, straight from the tree; though I don't find it has a lot of flavor, it's nice.
     
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    Very good info again: I am planning on also planting a few birches towards the back for winter interest, so this is encouraging. (I see you are based in Normandie (Normandy?): my husband's heritage reaches back to that area; it has been on our bucket list to be able to go over one day) Thank you again Emery.
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Glad to help. Yes, I prefer to use the French spelling, since after all I live here. There are many Canadians that came from Basse Normandie, in the Perche quite near here. There is a museum of Canadian Emigration (I think it's called) not far away, in Tourouvre. I just looked and they actually list the names, maybe your husband's ancestors are there!

    Les 326 Emigrants Percherons
     
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    Thank you for the link: I will forward it to him. (du Morin) originally: we hv an airbnb and had the joy of welcoming a family from that area who helped him clarify some old hand-written documents. We narrowed the emmigration down to circa 1735. It would be lovely to be able to find a maple tree to plant here that would reflect back to the 'home country'. n'est-ce pas? it is funny...talking about trees leads to a family tree.
     
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    June 2022: I ended up planting OCTOBER GLORY RED Maple and 'she' is settling in beautifully; let's see what the summer heat brings.
     
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    Thanks for the update. Great choice. Don't forget to water during this first summer; they're quite thirsty and are difficult to over-water. Cheers!
     
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    Greetings Emery: yes I will thank you: given the deluge of rain and our elongated cloudy spring...it is hard to imagine it ever getting hot again! lol
     
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