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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 in the Sapindaceae (soapberry) family 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.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  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:
#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#moths#weedy#deciduous shrub#fall interest#understory tree#nighttime garden#agressive#pollinator plant#Asian garden#larval host plant#deciduous tree#patio planting#moth larvae#imperial moth#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Flame'
    Brilliant red fall color
'Flame'
Tags:
#small tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#wildlife plant#moths#weedy#deciduous shrub#fall interest#understory tree#nighttime garden#agressive#pollinator plant#Asian garden#larval host plant#deciduous tree#patio planting#moth larvae#imperial moth#container plant
  • 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:
    Rapid
    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:
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Weedy