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'Redwing' Amur Maple


Latin Name: Acer ginnala



Native Range: Northeast China and Japan

Seed Source: Amur maple seed block, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

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

Overview: Amur maple grows best in moist well-drained soil, but tolerates a variety of soils, poor soil fertility, and are pH adaptable. The 'Redwing' Amur maple seed strain was selected for its tolerance to dry and alkaline soils. Its name reflects the bright red samaras. It tolerates shade, but develops a better fall color if grown in full sun.

Fruits: Fruit samaras are 1.5-2.5 cm long, held in small panicles and red to brown in color. About 35 seeds per gram.


Stratification:Pre-soak seed for 24 hours and then stratify in moist sand at 5o°C for 60 days

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

Sowing instructions: Outdoors - sow 2 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

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

Agroforestry Value

'Redwing' Amur maple is used in farm or field shelterbelts where a fast growing, flood tolerant, tough tree is needed.The main ornamental value of 'Redwing' Amur maple is its red fall color and fruit. This is an excellent, low growing tree for small yards. It is sometimes used for hedges or screens.