Answer: Amur Maple (Acer ginnala) is a smaller maple growing up to 25 feet but usually less than that. It is a smaller plant overall than the usual landscape maples, with mature leaves in the one and a half to three inch range. Young trees may seem a bit "lanky" at first but will usually fill in with time to become quite dense -- in fact this tree can sometimes grow in more of a shrub-like habit than a tree. Unfortunately, since I can't "see" the tree, I can't tell you if the leaves are abnormally sparse. I can tell you that the tree does best with adequate moisture and nutrients and prefers full sun or light shade, but it does grow relatively slowly. It will also do best planted in good soil away from competing plants. Good luck with your tree!
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