Acer tataricum

Tatarian Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Pruning is minimized to removing dead wood or crossing branches and best done midsummer.

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This tree has fragrant spring flowers, unique leaf shape for a maple, colorful seeds and leaves in the fall, and is adaptable to poor soils, which would make one ponder why it is not used more in the landscape or as a street tree.

  • Vibrant red and yellow fall foliage
  • Seeds (samaras) turn bright red while maturing
  • Upright form, single stem

Excellent choice for the small landscape with limited space or planted in large groups.

Height: 15-20 ft
Spread: 15-20 ft
Zone: 3-8
Color: Green, White

Interesting Notes about Tatarian Maple:

As a small to medium tree, Tatarian Maple is similar to the Amur Maple but is slightly taller with larger leaves.  It is adaptable and hardy, but the leaf is not lobed as is the Amur Maple, and the Tatarian Maple has a single stem rather than a multi-stem form. The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


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

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • 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