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Amur maple

Amur maple
(Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala)

Multi-stemmed deciduous tree or shrub in the maple family.


Regulated areas of Amur maple
This species is Restricted (Orange counties)

Other names for this plant include:

  • Common names: Siberian maple, ginnala maple
  • Scientific names: Acer tataricum, Acer ginnala

Ecological threat:

  • Invades open grasslands, open forests, prairies, forest and field edges.
  • Outcompetes native shrubs and understory trees, reducing overall biodiversity.
  • Can shade-out native species in prairie ecosystems, converting prairie community to shaded shrubland or woodland.
  • United States Forest Service designates this species as invasive in several eastern states with similar climate zones.
  • Trees produce abundant, wind dispersed seed that germinate readily.
  • Tree are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, and more drought and shade tolerant than native maples.
  • May contain allelopathic chemicals, inhibiting root development of desired species.

Classification in Wisconsin: Restricted (all cultivars exempt)

Species Assessment Groups (SAG) were assembled to recommend a legal classification for each species considered for NR 40. The recommendation for Amur maple was based upon this literature review developed by the department.


Leaves & stems: Leaves and stems are opposite, with two leaves per stem node. Leaves are simple with three shallow lobes; bright green in color turning scarlet red in fall. Bark is grayish-brown and smooth when young, developing furrowed striations with age.

Flowers: Panicle flowers are fragrant and pale yellow-whitish in color.

Fruits & seeds: Red samara (helicopter) seeds (borne in pairs) have tight angled, almost parallel wings. Samaras travel long distances in the wind and readily germinate.

Similar species: Amur maple can be distinguished by other maples by the narrow leaf shape with three shallow lobes.


Counties in WI where Amur maple species has been reported (as of July 2013). Both vouchered and unvouchered reports included.

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  • Amur maple saplings are easily pulled by hand.
  • Larger trees can be cut, but do resprout.
  • Prescribed fire in prairies can be effective means of control.


  • General herbicide treatments are effective.
  • Cut-stump treatment glyphosate, and basal bark treatment or frilling with triclopyr is successful.


View Amur maple pictures in our photo gallery!


Sources for Content:

  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
  • Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health;
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • USDA Forest Service

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Last revised: Friday May 31 2019