Amur maple, or Acer ginnala, is a superb small tree native to eastern Asia: China, Korea, Japan and eastern Siberia. This is a low-growing tree that is ideal for the modern urban garden. Amur maple only grows 20 to 30 feet tall and has a polished, upright, rounded form which renders an excellent shade tree. And though it grows rapidly in youth it slows with maturity and remains a small to medium tree, suitable to plant beneath power lines. But what Amur maple is best known for is its brilliant red and orange autumn color. The pretty leaves are small for a maple, only 3 inches long, three-lobed and toothed. But these leaves turn scarlet and yellow for an unrivaled show. But there is more to this tree than just autumn foliage. On many Amur maples even the seeds turn scarlet, which is very attractive, and finally and perhaps most interestingly Amur maple is one of those rare maples whose yellow flowers are not only attractive but fragrant.

Amur maple is unusually tough. Though flowering and fruiting is best in full sun on fertile, moist and well-drained soils, it can tolerate poor or compacted soils, shade and some drought. It grows across a vast range of climates from arid regions with frigid winters to humid, hot summer areas. In the US it can be grown from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It can be grown across the UK, New Zealand and much of Australia. There are also numerous cultivars with superior characteristics.


Amur maple

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