Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Best fall color in full sun. A vigorous grower that is very tolerant of temperature extremes. Tolerates somewhat heavy pruning and can be shaped to fit a variety of landscape uses. Transplants easily.
Acer tataricum, commonly called Tatarian maple, typically grows as a small, upright spreading tree with a dense, rounded crown or as a large multi-stemmed shrub. It matures over time to 15-20’ tall. It is native to forested areas from western Asia to southeastern Europe. Unlobed, broad-ovate, medium green leaves (to 4” long) with irregular doubly serrate margins are found on mature trees. Leaves on young trees are often 3 lobed. Leaves turn yellow and red in fall. Greenish-white flowers in erect, long-peduncled panicles bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by winged samaras (to 1” long) that turn a showy red in summer/fall as they mature. Specific epithet is in reference to certain areas of Siberia and Mongolia (Tatary) that were invaded and occupied in the Middle Ages by the Tatars.
Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala and its cultivars are more often found in cultivation than A. tataricum. Subsp. ginnala (formerly Acer ginnala), is commonly called Amur maple. It is native to China, Mongolia, Manchuria, Siberia (along the Amur River Valley), Korea and Japan. It also matures over time to 15-20' tall as a large shrub or small tree. In comparison to the species, its leaves are (a) more lustrous, (b) distinctively three-lobed with a long central lobe and (c) better red (although variable) fall color. Fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers are followed by red-winged samaras (to 1" long).
'Flame' turns a brilliant, fiery red in autumn. It is usually grown from seed, and color variations may accordingly occur.
Susceptible to a large number of potential leaf spot diseases and insect pests, however none are considered particularly serious. Verticillium wilt has been noted as a more prevalent problem on this cultivar than on the species in general.
Versatile and popular small tree or shrub that can be used in a variety of locations on residential property. Excellent as a specimen or planted in groups or as a screen.