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Product description



It is a deciduous strongly growing vigorous upright when young, but ultimately spreading small tree growing to 6m (20ft) tall, with a short trunk and slender branches. The bark is smooth at first becoming cracked later. The leaves are not very maple like being three lobed with a long central lobe and glossy green.  It has yellow-green flowers in spring as the leaves open. The fruit is paired, reddish and winged.  It starts to colour up September and has beautiful fiery red foliage before leaf fall.

Where to grow

The Amur maple is closely related Tatar or Tatarian Maple from central Europe and comes from China.  It is extremely hardy and will grow in almost any conditions.

Did you know?

Amur Maple is treated as a subspecies of Tatar Maple (Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala) by some botanists. They differ conspicuously in the glossy, deeply lobed leaves of A. ginnala, compared to the matt, unlobed or only shallowly lobed leaves of A. tataricum.

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
0-5 meters
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Autumn colour
Cut leaf
Small leaves
Peeling bark?
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites


Pruning Acer Tataricum Ginnala Flame

As with other Acers, Acer tataricum Ginnala Flame requires no regular pruning. Once established keep pruning to a minimum, removing only young growth where necessary.

If there are diseased or damaged stems these should be removed fully. Make a clean cut that is flush with the main stem.

What time of year should I prune?  Prune in winter (November to January) when the plant is dormant. Acers will bleed sap if pruned too early

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Mrs Jane Atkinson on 11/07/2017

Very informative web site.  We have had to cut down an acer which we think is acer tataricum, not ginnala, as the leaves are not lobed or glossy.  We would like to replace it.  Do you have this type at Chew Valley?

By Simon on 14/07/2017

Hello Jane,

We only stock the variety Acer tataricum Ginnala Flame, however if you have a photos of your old tree which you can email over to us then we can see what would be the closest match.

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