Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Seeing Red

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Picture 006It does not feel like autumn, but the changing trees tell us otherwise.  The vibrant orange, reds and yellows of maples make autumn one of my favorite seasons of the year.  And a tree with early color at The Arboretum was the Amur maple, Acer ginnala.

Like many trees in the Aceraceae family, the Amur maple is best known for its showy fall color.  But unlike other maples, the Amur maple is smaller in stature and will likely only grow up to 20-30 feet with a branching, dense growth habit.  And as you can see from the above photo, Amur Maple leaves have fewer lobes than the more common maple leaves.

During the summer, Amur maple has a green leaf with inconspicuous white blooms in the spring.  Some varieties also have showy red fruit, but take note; Amur Maples can also produce significant seedlings in the areas around the tree.  Newer varieties can be less invasive.  This hardy tree is highly drought tolerant and can grow in sun or partial shade. 

See you in the gardens.

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Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

October 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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