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Acer ginnala (Amur Maple)

Amur, Amur Maple, Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala, Crimson-Leaved Maple

Acer ginnala, Amur, Amur Maple, Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala, Fall Color
Acer ginnala, Amur, Amur Maple, Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala, Fall Color

Prized for its small size, fragrant flowers, and attractive fall foliage, Acer ginnala (Amur Maple) is a bushy deciduous shrub or small tree, often with a multi-stemmed trunk and rounded crown. Leafing out early in the spring, the opposite, toothed leaves are deeply 3-lobed. Bright green in spring and summer, they usually turn deep red, sometimes bright yellow, in autumn. Clusters of small, fragrant, creamy flowers are followed by dangling red-winged samaras, which hang on the tree until late fall. The bark of the tree is smooth and gray. Very hardy and adaptable, Amur Maple can be used as a small specimen or patio tree. Since it withstands heaving pruning, it can be successfully grown as a container plant. Easy to transplant, and relatively pest-free, Amur Maple is listed as invasive in some states in the midwestern and northeastern U.S.A.

  • Grows up to 15-20 ft. tall and wide (450-600 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Amur Maple is tolerant of wind, dry soil, and drought.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens, or containers.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. Remove diseased, damaged, congested, or crossing shoots. Remove any shoots with green leaves.
  • May be affected by scale insects, aphids, and verticillium wilt.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting.
  • Native to China, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan.
  • Find where Acer ginnala species is invasive in the United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Acer
Common names Maple, Amur, Amur Maple
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Acer
Common names Maple, Amur, Amur Maple
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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