Featured Plant

Amur Maple

As autumn approaches, Amur maple trees will begin to display brightly coloured red and orange leaves providing a splash of colour to the cool fall days. This colourful tree is native to Japan and northeast China and was introduced to North America around 1860. 

Amur maples are considered both a large shrub and a small tree, growing up to about 10 – 20 feet tall. The Amur maple often has multiple stems giving it a rounded shape, but trees may be pruned if gardeners have a desire for a single stem. Leaves are long and triangular with three lobes and toothed edges, and dark green in the summer. 

Amur maples are very easy to grow – so easy that in some places they are considered an invasive species! This is a hardy tree with a higher tolerance for shade than other maple species, though fall colours will likely be brighter if planted in full sun. Amur maples can withstand a wide variety of soils, and tolerate low temperatures and ice and snow making them a good choice for gardens in Manitoba. 

Like all maples, Amur maple trees grow pairs of winged seeds called samara. The samaras have a pink tint and mature to brown in late summer and may remain on the tree during winter. Amur maples are relatively pest and disease resistant in Canada but can be affected by leaf spots, anthracnose, and Verticillum wilt. 

Amur maples can be found at Assiniboine Park and Zoo along Assiniboine Park Drive, north of the Lyric Field, in the Zoo, English Garden, and south-east of the Steam Train crossing. 

Sources: Gardening Know How | The Spruce | Canadian Tree Tours