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Acer ginnala (tataricum) 'Flame'

Flame Maple
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Multi Trunk
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 15-20' x 15-20'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • A1-A3, 1-9, 14-16
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 2


Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ is an excellent small tree.  It works nicely as either a stand-alone specimen, or as part of a deciduous privacy screen.  The blooms are tiny, but have a pleasant fragrance.  Later in the summer, clusters of showy scarlet red winged seeds called samaras festoon the branches.  Like many trees, this one performs best with some irrigation, but once established it needs very little water in years with average rainfall.  Acer ginnala is particularly well suited to urban environments; pollution and difficult soils don’t seem to give it difficulties, and since the height rarely exceeds 20 feet it won’t generally interfere with power lines.