Dwarf Amur Maple, Siberian Maple 'Compacta'

Acer ginnala

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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



Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Kasota, Minnesota

Longville, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Laramie, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


On Apr 5, 2009, Northernlights2 from Cottage Grove, MN wrote:

I planted a row of these for a hedge along the backyard fence for privacy from the neighbors. Mine doesn't set out seeds or sucker. I planted 2' tall plants and they were 6' tall in 2 years. The specs say they grow to 8' tall but I think they would get quite a bit taller than that. Fabulous red color in the fall.


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."


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

Beautiful fire red/orange/burgundy fall color. Grows and reseeds in many different growing conditions.

Not recommended near native or naturalized areas. A.ginnala varietes 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.