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September Plant of the Month

by | Aug 31, 2014 | Market News

Acer ginnala ‘Embers’ a Small Tree for the Landscape

Frequently we have customers asking our tree and shrub staff to show them a small tree that they can grow close to their house.  The tree must be versatile; decorative, fragrant flowers, interesting shaped leaves, and great fall color.  Ideally, they tell us, they want a Japanese Maple, which is not hardy here.  We show our customers the Amur Maple, also known as the Siberian Maple, which is extremely hardy and is often planted where the Japanese Maple winter-kills.

The Amur Maple (Acer ginnala) is a graceful small tree from northeastern China, Japan, Korea, and eastern Siberia.  Acer ginnala ‘Embers’ was selected by Bailey Nurseries for its stunning bright red fruits (samaras) in the summer and brilliant scarlet fall color.  It has fragrant light yellow flowers in long panicled flower stocks in early May.

‘Embers’ is a fast growing adaptable small tree with a spreading open crown.  Wildlife benefit from this small tree’s dense branching which provide excellent nesting cover for birds.  ‘Embers’ mature size is 15 feet tall and 20 feet wide.  It grows well in ordinary soil, full sun to partial shade.

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