Tatarian maple Aceraceae Acer
tataricum L. symbol: ACTA80
Leaf: Opposite, simple, serrate to doubly serrste margin, usually unlobed or with 2 to 5 lobes, oval to deltoid in shape, 2 to 4 inches long, half as wide, green above, paler below.
Flower: Yellow-green and tinged with red, small, long-stalked, occurring in round-topped clusters, appear just after the leaves, in spring.
Fruit: Samara, 3/4 to 1 inch long, hanging at very tight angles or nearly parallel, green and red changing to brown, ripen in early fall and persist.
Twig: Slender, angular, glabrous to slightly pubescent, reddish brown, lenticelate, with raised leaf scars and short, broad, dark reddish brown buds.
Bark: Grayish brown, smooth with darker striations or furrows with age.
Form: A small tree or multi-stemmed shrub, to 25 feet, with a nearly equal spread.
Looks like: Amur maple - trident maple
Additional Range Information: Acer tataricum is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson