How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The flame Amur Maple is one of the best small trees you can grow. It is tough and hardy in even the coldest areas and is an ideal choice for smaller gardens, or for foreground planting on larger properties. This small multi-branched tree is often planted in gardens as a shrub, but allowed to grow taller it makes an excellent tree. Branches form low to the ground and produce a wide and dense crown that can transform a dull and boring outdoor space into a vibrant and relaxing place.
• Perfect small tree for many uses
• Ideal for screening too – can even be clipped into a hedge
• Spectacular fall colors pack a real punch
• Hardy in the coldest regions
• Trouble-free and adaptable to many soils
The Flame Amur Maple begins its colorful display in early spring, when fresh green leaves begin to emerge, and holds it throughout the summer. As autumn approaches the leaves change to orange and then a vibrant bright red, giving a brilliant display in the smallest garden.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 2-8
- Mature Width 15-20
- Mature Height 15-20
- Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Trees are more than just decorative features; they add value to not only your property but to the environment as well. It’s trees that provide most of the oxygen we need for survival and they also filter out harmful toxins in the air, help control our climates, and even help fight soil erosion. They are a vital part of the everyday world around us – in urban landscapes, in our parks and playgrounds, lining our streets. Trees provide shade on hot sunny days but also aid in creating a sense of peace and tranquility. Have you ever sat in a country park or taken a hike through the forest and enjoyed the sound of the wind rushing through the leaves, or hearing birds and small animals frolicking among the branches above you? Then you know what we mean.
Growing Flame Amur Maple Trees
The Flame Amur Maple has slender branches that grow upwards and outwards starting at the base. Leaves form opposite one another and can be up to four inches long. Small yellowish green flowers accompany the new leaf growth. The leaves have an irregular shape with several lobes. Double samara fruits also form during the spring, and mature from late summer to early fall. Coming into autumn, the green leaves transform into a spectacular orange color before settling on the fiery red that the tree is famous for. This tree is also a popular option for use in the art of bonsai, creating miniature potted trees with the same pleasing form as the larger versions. Many bonsai artists find the practice of creating these miniatures very relaxing and the end result is a beautiful work of living art.
Hardiness and Climate
Unlike some other Maple trees, the Amur Maple can be used in a wide range of USDA plant hardiness zones. The lowest being zone 2, which includes locations throughout Alaska and the northwestern Canadian territories. Zone 8 contains locations that are much warmer, like northern Texas and Florida. As you can see by its extensive growing range, this tree is an ideal selection for most of the United States.
It is very tolerant of extreme temperature changes, even during long droughts. However, by ensuring the tree has an adequate water supply during drought-like conditions, you’ll keep it in top condition. Similar to its varied climate tolerances, it is also adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. The best conditions for optimal growth are in locations that are well drained, of average or medium soil types. Flame is tolerant of heavier clay soils as well, which just adds to its versatility. Amur Maples should be planted in locations that receive the most sun for optimum color change in the leaves throughout the spring, summer, and autumn seasons.
Caring for Your Flame Amur Maple Tree
Caring for the Amur Maple is also quite easy. The tree is tolerant of heavy pruning which means that it can be cut back to a shrub-like size, allowing it to be used as a hedge or privacy border around your property. Being able to prune it as required, you will also be able to create a tree that fits into your chosen space just the way you need it to.
Pests and Diseases
Even though the tree is adaptable and tolerable of a variety of conditions, there are certain diseases you will need to keep an eye out for in order to prevent long-term irreparable damage. Leaf spot diseases are a slight concern which can be controlled by removing affected branches from the tree. Verticillium has been identified as a potential problem with this particular cultivar. While none of these are considered particularly serious, early intervention is always best and can save your tree and your wallet from costly professional care.
History and Origins of the Flame Amur Maple
The Acer ginnala Flame is so closely related to the Acer tataricum that it is commonly treated as a subspecies by many botanists. However, the Amur Maple is native to northeastern Asia, found in Mongolia, Japan and Korea. It is also found in the far east of Russia in the Amur River valley region, where it takes its name from. Amur Maples are deciduous spreading trees that can reach up to 20 feet at full maturity, even with a short trunk base. The crown of the tree can also reach up to 20 feet and cover a wide area.
Adding Flame Amur Maples to Your Property
As you can see, when it comes to the Amur Maple, Flame is one of the few trees that can double as a shrub, take a lot of environmental abuse and still look absolutely stunning all year long. The ability to prune the tree to fit the specific needs of your landscape design is another bonus feature you will be hard pressed to find in other varieties. Whether you want to plant it in a central location to be a featured focal point in your design, or as a mass planting to create a beautiful and stunning privacy hedge, Flame is a tree that will bring a lot to your garden.