Tatarian maple (Acer tataricum)

Tatarian maple Description: Additional data is necessary to determine whether or not this species exhibits invasive characteristics in Michigan.

Habit: A small tree or multi-stemmed shrub, growing up to 25 feet tall with a nearly equal spread.

Leaves: Opposite, simple, serrate to double serste margin, usually unlobed or with 2-5 lobes, oval to deltoid in shape, 2-4 inches long, half as wide, green above and paler below.

Stems: Slender, angular, glabrous to slightly pubescent, reddish brown, lenticelate, with raised leaf scars and short, broad, dark reddish brown buds.

Flowers: Yellow-green and tinged with red, small, long-stalked, occurring in round-topped clusters, appear just after leaves.

Fruit and seeds: 0.75 - 1 inch long samara, hang at very tight angles or nearly parallel, green and red changing to brown. Ripen in early fall and persist.

Habitat: Native to southeastern Europe and Western Asia.

Reproduction: By seed or by softwood/semihardwood cuttings.

Similar species: Amur maple (Acer ginnala); Trident maple (Acer buergerianum)

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation VTree.

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Common Name:

Tatarian maple

Scientific Name:

Acer tataricum







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