Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala 'Embers'

Amur Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Pruning is minimized to removing dead wood or crossing branches if growing naturally.  If pruning as a shrub or to raise the canopy to see the multiple stems then a more active approach is needed.  Regardless of the intent all pruning is best done midsummer.

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As a small tree or large shrub it is suitable for both big and small landscapes and the late-season color will set things ablaze in the yard.

  • Showy red samaras (helicopters)
  • Brilliant scarlet-red fall color
  • Rounded, low-branched small tree or multi-stemmed shrub

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

Height: 15-20 ft
Spread: 10-15 ft
Zone: 2-8
Color: White, Yellow

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


  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Focal Point
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water