Botanical Name: Acer ginnala
Common Name: Amur Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer ginnala
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Shade Tree, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Connon Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Amur maple is a relatively small tree or large shrub, generally multi-stemmed, with deeply lobed, palmate leaves. There is a great deal of variability due to a wide range of seed source and grafting stock. This may make it a little tough to predict size and fall color, the two characteristics that make this a stand-out selection for a smaller landscape or parkstrip. If those characteristics are very important to you, shop for plants in the fall, when you can see both it's color and judge its growth rate. Figure about 18 to 25 feet tall and wide.
Grow in full sun to bright shade in any well-drained soil. Excessive moisture may cause crown rot or the bark to split. Prune selectively to shape and control size (see guides); shearing will cause lots of twiggy growth at the tips and eventually lead to a hard, dense branching (imagine a box with leaves) which in turn encourages pest and disease problems. If autumn color is critical, or you want a better sense of mature size, select one of the many named cultivars.