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Amur Maple Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala

Other plants called Amur Maple:

Previously known as:

  • Acer ginnala
Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser tat-TAIR-ih-kum jin-NAL-ah
Description

Amur Maple is a deciduous small tree or shrub native to Asia that prefers cool summer climates and is one of the hardier maples. It grows 15-20 feet tall and wide with a rounded to open crown. The leaves have a distinctive 3-lobed pattern with the central lobe being elongated. Fall color is red to orange.

Amur Maple is adaptable to most well-drained soils and will grow in sun to dappled shade. Use as a specimen, in a container on the patio or understory tree. It is also used in Bonsai.

This tree is listed as invasive in some northern states. Please see suggested native trees to plant instead.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Flame'
    Brilliant red fall color
'Flame'
Tags:
#fall color#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#moths#weedy#deciduous shrub#understory tree#nighttime garden#asian garden#larval host plant#deciduous tree#patio#container#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Flame'
    Brilliant red fall color
'Flame'
Tags:
#fall color#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#moths#weedy#deciduous shrub#understory tree#nighttime garden#asian garden#larval host plant#deciduous tree#patio#container#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    tataricum
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Distribution:
    NW and central USA
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Acer support Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) larvae which have one brood per season and appear from April-October in the south. Adult Imperial Moths do not feed.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Up to 1 inch paired reddish samara in summer to autumn
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Spring flowers in panicles
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Palmasect
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4 by 1-2 inches green leaves with 3 lobes, the central one being elongated. Margins are doubly serrated. The central lobe is elongated. Fall color red to orange.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Bark Description:
    The bark is thin, dull gray-brown, and smooth becoming shallowly fissured with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Understory Tree
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Weedy