Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala 'Compactum'

Amur Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

More densely branched but can be sheared for an effective barrier or left to grow naturally.  Regardless of the intent all pruning is best done midsummer.

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This is a fast-growing shrub with excellent late-season color and has dense branching ideal for hedges or as a windbreak.

  • Fragrant, white spring flowers
  • Brilliant red and orange fall color
  • Samaras (helicopters) are red

This is a good choice for the mixed shrub or perennial border.

Height: 7-10 ft
Spread: 7-10 ft
Zone: 3-7
Color: Green, White

Interesting Notes about Amur Maple:

The Amur Maple is one of the most adaptable and hardy of all the smaller maples and is referred to as either a small tree or large shrub.  Because of its relatively small size it can be left to grow naturally or it can be easily pruned and managed to fit the space.  The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fragrant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Border or Bed
  • Fall Color
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Focal Point
  • Winter Interest
  • Container
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Orange
  • Green
  • Red


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water