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Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Dark Red in Autumn
Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Dark Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Amur maple

Family

Sapindaceae


Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

A. tataricum subsp. ginnala is a bushy deciduous shrub or small tree with deeply 3-lobed leaves which turn deep red in autumn; small cream flowers are followed by red fruit

Other common names

  • Amur maple
  • crimson-leaved maple

Synonym(s)

  • Acer ginnala

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem