- Deciduous tree/shrub, 10-20 ft (3-6 m) high, multi-stemmed, rounded but variable, open. Leaves opposite, simple, 2.5-7.5 cm long, 3-lobed, relatively long central lobe. Fruit (samaras) hang on late into fall, wings nearly parallel.
- Sun to part shade, very adaptable, very hardy (popular in East and Midwest), performs best in well-drained soil. Relatively free of disease and pest problems.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Native to Central and northern China, Manchuria and Japan. Now considered to be a subspecies of Acer tataricum (Tatarian Maple), leaves of adult trees of this species are unlobed, whereas leaves of young trees or vigorous shoots may be 3 to 5-lobed, resembling those of A. ginnala.
- Several cultivars, including:
- ‘Embers’ - red fruit and red fall color
- ‘Flame’ - fast growing, long arching branches, fall color orange-red to deep red
- 'Emerald Elf' - dwarf form
- Ginnala : the native name, or possibly from the Greek ginnos, a small mule, referring to its size and hardiness.
Information obtained from: OSU http://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/