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'Maeorshan' Manchurian Maple Seed


Latin Name: Acer mandshuricum


Family: Aceraceae

Native Range: Northeast China, Korea, and Eastern Siberia

Seed Source: Selected trees from a seed collection expedition to Northeast China

Height and Spread: 10m x 5m (25 years)

Overview: This rare maple from the mountain forests of China forms a small tree whose 3-parted leaves become a flame of red early in autumn. The 'Maoershan' seed strain was collected during a seed expedition to Heilongjiang Province of China in 1991. The selected trees were growing in a mountainous region near the North Korean border with China.  The strain is named after the region in Northeast China where the seed was collected.

Fruits: A samara consisting of two oval carpels lined at the base and each terminating in a broad membranous wing. 

Average number of seeds/packet: 60


Stratification: Stratify in moist sand at  20°C for 120 days followed by 5°C for 120 days.

Ideal sowing time: Spring (stratified seed) or fall (non-stratified)

Sowing instructions: Sow 2 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 4 seeds per cell Note: Low germination capacity (30-40 %).

Growing conditions: Best growth on medium-textured soils with soil pH 7.0 to 8.0. Fertilization is not required.


'Maoershan' Manchurian maple is best used in landscape settings, it is not well-suited for shelterbelts or exposed sites. Hardy to Zone 3.