Acer ginnala - Amur Maple
Family: Aceraceae

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Acer ginnala is a multi-trunked, small tree valued for its small vase-like habit and vibrant autumn foliage. Amur Maple is one of the most adaptable and cold hardy of the small-sized Maples.

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  form2 form Form

-small tree; to 20' tall x 20' wide but often smaller

-upright vased in youth, becoming rounded or spreading with age

-medium growth rate

-the species is sold in either clump (multi-stemmed) or tree (single-leader) form

foliage2 foliage Foliage

-opposite arrangement; 3-lobed, with the basal pair much smaller than the prominent central lobe; each of the lobes serrated and lightly incised; palmate venation

-variable autumn color - bright yellow, orange, or red


-pendulous clusters of inflorescences in Apr.-May; fragrant


-2 joined samaras per stalk, having parallel wings

-in pendulous clusters from the stems

-may be a vibrant red in June-July and quite ornamental

-maturing to brown in Oct., winter persistent


-gray-brown, thin; branches slightly striated

trunk Trunk

-gray to gray-brown; fairly smooth

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-full sun to partial shade

-prefers moist, well-drained soils but will tolerate a wide variety of soil pHs and types

-tolerant of a wide range of adverse conditions (typical of urban sites)

-fibrous root system makes it easy to transplant

-abundantly available


-zones 2 to 7, very cold hardy


-native to the Orient

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-good autumn color

-multi-trunked habit

-can be pruned to "fit" a given site


-potential for Verticillium wilt, a serious fungal disease that causes death of whole branches and sometimes the entire plant


-foundation, group, border, or specimen small tree


-medium in foliage and when bare

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-small trees or large shrubs with good autumn color (e.g. Amelanchier, Fothergilla major, selected Hamamelis, Parrotia persica, etc.)


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