15 to 20 ft.
15 to 20 ft.
southeast Europe and southwestern Asia
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-7
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Tatarian Maple is a small, drought-tolerant tree that is well adapted to Colorado's growing conditions.
In spring, soft whitish-green flower clusters appear. The flowers are not very showy, but they develop into attractive rosy-red samaras that stay on the tree for about a month.
The shallowly-lobed leaves are medium to dark green in color, and smaller than traditional maples. The mature crown is irregular and oval to rounded in shape. Fall leaf color is yellow, gold and orange.
Both tatarian maple and amur maple are both smaller than traditional maples. Tatarian maple is more tree-like in habit and the samaras are usually more red, while amur maple has more striking fall leaf color and is often grown as a multi-stemmed plant. Tatarian maple is less likely to develop iron chlorosis in alkaline soil than amur maple.
Tatarian maple is a good choice for a small, weather-resilient tree. It grows well in Colorado Springs, but is not that common. Most people either choose amur maple for its bright red fall color or Hot Wings tatarian maple for its bright red samaras.
There is not a regular tatarian maple currently growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
Prune when young to achieve desired shape when mature. Minimal maintenance is required. Prune out dead and damaged branches as needed.