Acer tataricum

Tatarian Maple




  • southeastern Europe and western Asia
  • hardy to zone 3
  • Special Note: This species has demonstrated an invasive tendency in Connecticut, meaning it may escape from cultivation and naturalize in minimally managed areas. For more information, .

Habit and Form

  • deciduous
  • a large multistemmed shrub or more often a small tree
  • 15' to 20' or more
  • medium texture
  • round to wide spreading outline
  • slow to medium growth rage

Summer Foliage

  • opposite, 2" to 4" long
  • 3-lobed, but central lobe is much larger than side lobes. Leaves of mature tree nearly unlobed.
  • medium to dark green, high quality

Autumn Foliage

  • mix of yellow and red
  • leaves color and drop early


  • somewhat ornamental
  • greenish-white in April-May
  • in 2" to 3" panicles


  • 0.75" to 1" long samaras
  • typically numerous and showy during August
  • red and lasting almost a month before turning brown


  • similar to Acer ginnala
  • smooth gray on young branches
  • textured gray on old trunks


  • easily transplanted
  • adaptable
  • full sun is best, but can take some light shade
  • performs well in cold climates

Landscape Uses

  • specimen
  • patio or small residence tree for shade
  • planter boxes
  • mini-groves or groupings
  • could be used more than it is
  • possibly a street tree
  • excellent


  • no serious problems
  • may produce unwanted seedlings

ID Features

  • distinctive leaf shape for a maple
  • lack of a terminal bud
  • similar leaves to Acer ginnala, but leaves are broader, almost heart-shaped.


  • by seed
  • can also be done by softwood or semihardwood cuttings


  • none of commercial significance

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