A. tataricum subsp. ginnala
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree/shrub, 10-20 ft (3-6 m) high, multistemmed, rounded but variable, open. Leaves opposite, simple, 2.5-7.5 cm long, 3-lobed, relatively long central lobe. Flowers yellowish-white, in small clusters (panicle), fragrant. Fruit (samaras) 2-2.5 cm long, red to brown, hang on late into fall, wings nearly parallel.
- Sun to part shade, very adaptable, very hardy (popular in east and midwest), performs best in well-drained soil. Relatively free of disease and pest problems.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Native to Central and northern China, Manchuria, and Japan. Some now considered it to be a subspecies of Acer tataricum (Tatarian Maple)(i.e., Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala), leaves of adult trees of this species are unlobed, whereas leaves of young trees or vigorous shoots may be 3- to 5-lobed, resembling those of A. ginnala. However, the ITIS (2023) lists Acer tataricum and Acer ginnala as separate species.
- Caution: Amur maple has invasive traits that enable it to spread aggressively. This tree is under observation and may be listed on official invasive species lists in the near future. [Now listed as invasive in Minnesota] Review of risks should be undertaken before selecting this tree for planting sites. (Morton Arboretum)
Several cultivars, including:
- ‘Embers’ - red fruit and red fall color
- ‘Flame’ - fast growing, long arching branches, fall color orange-red to deep red
- 'Emerald Elf' - dwarf form
- ginnala: the native name, or possibly from the Greek ginnos, a small mule, referring to its size and hardiness.