Acer tataricum 'GarAnn'
inconspicuous blooms in early spring
15 to 18 ft., may grow to 25 ft.
15 to 18 ft.
southeastern Europe, southwestern Asia
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-10
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Hot Wings tatarian maple is a beautiful, small ornamental tree. Its small size is well suited to home landscapes.
The slender branches form an upright oval canopy. Although the flowers are not noticeable, by midsummer brilliant red seed capsules (samaras) cover the tree. The samaras provide a spectacular show of color, persisting for about a month.
During the fall, the leaf colors range from yellow to orange-red. It is tolerant of alkaline soils. This tree was recommended by the Plant Select program for Colorado landscapes in 2007.
The Hot Wings tatarian maple at the Xeriscape Garden has grown very well. It has been quite a show-stopper in July when the red samaras are present.
It is worth considering for a small, low-water tree.
Prune when young to achieve desired shape when mature. Minimal maintenance is required. Prune out dead and damaged branches as needed.