Tatarian Maple 'Hot Wings'

Acer tataricum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: tataricum (tat-TAR-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Hot Wings
Additional cultivar information:(PP15023, aka Hot Wings, GarAnn)
Hybridized by Epstein
Registered or introduced: 2003



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Good Fall Color

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

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:

Brighton, Colorado

Denver, Colorado (2 reports)

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2016, pinballer3 from Brighton, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

My specimen was acquired in 2009 at a Denver Botanic Gardens spring sale. It was about 3-4' tall. After 7 years, it is now 12-15' tall and wide. This is a Plant Select winner. It thrives in dry alkaline clay with no irrigation or fertilization. Every year, the long-lasting blood red samaras pop out from the light green leaves creating a distinctive display. As the samaras fade, the fall colors take over with another display of various hues of red. This is an excellent choice for a multi-stemmed tree that tolerates tough conditions. One horizontal branch broke under the weight of a heavy snow, but the opening was filled in quickly by the tree's vigorous nature. Interesting in all seasons. No pests or diseases have been evident.


On Jul 6, 2015, RiverBlue from Denver, CO wrote:

Planted my Hot Wing Maple a year and a half ago. Tallest branch reaches about 10 feet tall. Lots of red wings this summer but the branches are thin and very playable. Lots of new saplings at the trunk. I'm not sure how to trim this young tree to support it's growth and support the long thin branches. Any suggestions?


On May 18, 2010, Borubar from Vienna,
Austria wrote:

how you cab propagate it ?


On May 5, 2010, brebay from Denver, CO wrote:

I am giving this tree a neutral rating because I have not had it long enough to rate it. I planted two of these trees in early fall of 09. They had a few red samaras on them which were a beautiful shade of red against the green foliage. The fall color was yellow and not spectacular, but I was not expecting much of a display because the tree is only a 1" caliper, 10 ft tall, and not very full. The trees just leafed out for spring. I was surprised to see the leaves emerged a reddish, purple color before turning green. There were quite a few suckers that needed to be trimmed off. The other observation I made is the trees will grow from seed. I found several seedling trees emerging within a 5-10 feet of each tree. I plan to leave one or two alone to see what happens, if they grow I will move ... read more


On Jul 25, 2009, Pewjumper from Glenwood Springs, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

The "winged" seeds are blood red and grow in clusters all over the older growth. When backlit by the sun they are absolutely stunning. The color of the seeds don't seem to bleach with the intense mountain sun here in Colorado at 6,000 feet. I don't know about fall color yet. I do not know how long the seeds will remain on the tree and hold their color, but they still look fantastic at the end of July. At this point in late July I would say that the trees are 50% green & 50% blood red. The new growth leafs are light green & the old growth leafs are dark green.

I have only had these four trees one year, but they have grown two feet. I had to trim them for structure as the nursery did a lousy job while they had them.

I will update this in the fall of 2009 if I re... read more