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PlantFiles: Amur Maple, Siberian Maple
Acer ginnala 'Flame'

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Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: ginnala (jin-NAY-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Flame

Synonym:Acer tataricum var. ginnala
Synonym:Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala
Synonym:Acer ginnala var. euginnala
Synonym:Acer tataricum var. aidzuense

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Category:
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR's consider this species invasive, and Connecticut has placed it on its list of potentially invasive plants. It has naturalized in 4 provinces and 15 northeastern and midwestern states.

Positive Clary On Jun 9, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My experience with this tree is positive.

We have planted a row of these trees in a 20' wide strip of hardscape between our house and the neighboring one in our downtown neighborhood. We chose them for their small size, spreading habit, dense growth, and toughness to withstand urban conditions. We selected them specifically for shade and privacy.

So far they have proven to be beautiful and hardy.

UPDATE: These trees are doing very well. They tend to get a little blackspot in the most humid weeks of summer. This spring we thinned and shaped them to promote airflow and manage their spread. They responded well to the pruning. They've grown about 12 feet in 6 years with occasional fertilizer and deep watering as needed. Very nice tree for a small lot. Brilliant red color in autumn. Perfect for shade and privacy in town. Recommended!

Negative distantkin On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Amur maple (Acer ginnala) is considered invasive by the Minnesota DNR
"Ecological Threat:

* It displaces native shrubs and understory trees in open woods, and shades out native grasses and herbaceous plants in savanna habitat.
* A prolific seed producer, Amur maple is becoming invasive in the northern U.S. Extensive wild populations have been found in Illinois and Missouri. It resprouts easily from the cut stump.
* Amur maple is a native of central and northern China, Manchuria and Japan, it was introduced to North America in the 1860s. It is still being frequently sold commercially as an ornamental, and for wildlife and shelterbelt plantings."

Neutral PerryPost On Mar 28, 2005, PerryPost from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Gorgeous fire red and neon orange fall colors compared to the burgundies found in the species.

Not recommended near native or naturalized areas. A.ginnala varieties are being watched in Minnesota and other states as being potentially invasive. Seedlings have been reported showing up in private restored prairie plantings.

Thrives in the pollution and compacted soil of midwest city conditions. Weigh the potential risks before planting in rural areas.

Positive Terry On Aug 30, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Dense, smaller tree; suitable for urban settings. 'Flame' produces fiery red foliage in the fall.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brighton, Colorado
Littleton, Colorado
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Corvallis, Montana
Cincinnati, Ohio
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Conroe, Texas
Beloit, Wisconsin



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