Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala

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 for a view of the lower branches, then a more active approach to pruning 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.

  • Large multi-stemmed, broad spreading habit
  • Slow to medium growth rate
  • Fall colors are a mix of yellow and red

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

Height: 15-20 ft
Spread: 15-25 ft
Zone: 3-8
Color: 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
  • Focal Point
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water