The Q&A Archives: Small leaves on Amor Flame Maple

Question: Last fall we planted a Amur Flame Maple (about 7 feet tall). This spring it appears to be doing well, but it doesn't have as many leaves, and they're smaller than other Maple trees I see in the neighborhood. Is this typical of this variety? Will there be more/larger leaves after the seeds have dropped? I was also told that this tree will only to grow to about 25 feet tall, is that correct?

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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