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Acer tartaricum ginnala is a small ornamental tree with warm red and orange autumn leaves. It has a low, branching habit and neat, rounded head. The tiny, cream coloured flowers are not showy but very fragrant. The seeds are winged "helicopters" called samara and the young stems are a red/brown, changing within 2 years to an elephant grey. The leaves are typically maple shaped being broadly triangular with three lobes. They are dark green on top and pale underneath. The autumn colour is truly excellent, exploding into yellows, golds and reds with touches of purple. You can grow Amur maple in a large pot but in open ground Amur Maple trees can reach a height of about 7 metres. It is enormously hardy, and an outstanding tree for the edge of woodland where it adds a touch of bright colour to any autumn display fro the other varieties in our list of garden trees.
History & uses of Acer ginnala
Acer tataricum ginnala is a native of the China and Japan. It was first encountered by Western botanists in the Amur river region, which defines part of the northern border between Russia and China.
Notes on planting Amur Maple trees:
Amur maple prefers slightly acidic soil. It tolerates alkaline soil but won't grow well on chalk.
It is one of the best maples for damp soil and likes heavy clay, although it prefers moist soils with good drainage.
It grows well in a large container, ideal for a patio or terrace.
Acer ginnala is tolerant of pollution and salt so can be planted by road and sea.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a glyphosate based weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Roundup weed killer.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £6.50 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
We will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
*Surcharges to the Highlands and Islands still apply.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.
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