Acer tataricum
Common name: 
Tatarian Maple
Tartarian Maple
A-ser ta-TAR-i-kum
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub/tree, 15-20(30) ft [4,5-6(9) m] high, similar width, often multistemmed, rounded to wide spreading.  Leaves opposite, simple, 5-10 cm long, usually unlobed (leaves on young trees may be 2-5 lobed), margin double serrate, medium green, in fall yellow, red to reddish brown; petiole 2-5 cm long.  Flowers greenish white, in upright, long stalked clusters (panicles).  Fruit (samaras) 2-2.5 cm long, wings nearly parallel.
  • Sun to part shade, adaptable, tolerant of drought, performs best in well-drained soil.  Possibly more tolerant of alkaline soils than Acer ginnala (Dirr, 1998).  Upright-growing cultivars may be a better choice as street trees because seedlings of the species are variable (Dirr and Warren, 2019).
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3         Native to southeastern Europe and western Asia.
  • Taxonomy: Some now considered Acer ginnala it to be a subspecies of  Acer tataricum (i.e., Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala).  Although the leaves of adult Acer tataricum trees are unlobed, those 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.  And the purported subspecies of A. tataricum, (as many as four) are not accepted (lumpers vs. splitters).
  • tataricum: of central Asia, formerly Tartary.  It is a historical region located in northern and central Asia stretching eastwards from the Caspian Sea and from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, inhabited mostly by Turkic peoples.
  • Corvallis: west side of First Street (River Front), between Tyler and Van Buren.
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