Acer ginnala - Amur Maple
Family - Aceraceae
Size - To 20 feet with spread greater than height. Tends to be a large mushroom shape. Growth rate is about 1 1/2 feet per year.
Foliage - 3 lobed, center lobe much wider and longer than the laterals, dagger like in appearance. Very nice glossy green in summer. Fall color is a vivid red.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Samara, nice attribute as it persists on the tree throughout the season. In late Spring-early Summer it is a nice red accenting the green foliage. Throughout summer and into Fall it is tan, still providing a nice contrast. Flowers are nicely fragrant, one of the few Maples with fragrant flowers.
Bark - Grayish -brown, the bark is quite attractive being 'snakebark' in appearance on older trees.
Pests and Diseases - No problems noticed in 13 years on any trees.
Landscape Use - Can tend to be a large multistemmed shrub, which when pruned to expose lower branching can give use as a patio tree. Could be grouped/masses for providing screening, particularly on the larger property. Supposedly can be used in above ground planters. A good 3 season tree as it leafs out early.
Performance - 8 Has done extremely well. Have seen no setbacks on any trees related to heat stress. Establishes quickly and seems very adaptible to soil pH. Can be transplanted B&B in the Fall in large sizes, 3" to 5" caliper. In my opinion, this tree would be a good performer in to at least the upper reaches of Zone 8 southeast. Is hardy to Zone 2.