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Amur Maple (tree form)

Acer ginnala '(tree form)'

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Amur Maple (tree form) (Acer ginnala '(tree form)') at Moana Nursery

Amur Maple (tree form) in fall

Amur Maple (tree form) in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Amur Maple (tree form) (Acer ginnala '(tree form)') at Moana Nursery

Amur Maple (tree form)

Amur Maple (tree form)

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  18 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Description:

The perfect ornamental tree for smaller home landscapes with incredible fall colors ranging from orange to scarlet and burgundy red, neat habit and colorful seeds in late summer; multi-stemmed selection is wide spreading and artistic when mature

Ornamental Features

Amur Maple (tree form) is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features abundant showy red samaras in late summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, scarlet and burgundy in the fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Amur Maple (tree form) is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Amur Maple (tree form) is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Amur Maple (tree form) will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening 
Applications
Fruit  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.