Hot wing maple tree

Problem with leaves on Hot Wings Maple

This species of maple is subject to many leaf spot diseases, including anthracnose. I’ve seen anthracnose on some maples in my office during the past 10 days.
We are seeing lots of leaf spot diseases now due to the wet spring weather.
Symptoms begin as brown leaf spots. Infected leaves later curl, dry, and drop to the ground. Typically the leaves in the shadier portions of the tree/shrub and in the inner canopy are affected first. Leaves on the top of the tree/shrub receive more sunlight and air movement and so are less subject to this fungus.
Well-established trees can tolerate some defoliation. Young plants are more sensitive and we generally recommend applying a fungicide to slow the spread of the disease within the tree or shrub. You need to use a fungicide. Products containing chlorothalonil are often available at garden centers. It’s best to apply a day or two before rainy weather strikes so we can put a shield of protection over the leaves. Two sprays spaced 10-14 days apart can be helpful; again we typically only do this for young plants, but it doesn’t hurt to spray established plants..
This disease can spread to your other maples.
Rake the fallen leaves. We need to get this disease out of the area. This sanitation will be especially beneficial next spring when infection can occur again (especially if we get a wet spring again). You could consider pruning the maples next March to open up the shrubs and allow more air and sunlight within the canopy. Avoid overhead irrigation on these plants.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, NDSU

Tatarian Maple Care – Learn How To Grow Tatarian Maple Trees

Tatarian maple trees grow so fast they quickly attain their full height, which isn’t very tall. They are short trees with wide, rounded canopies, and excellent fall-color trees for small backyards. For more Tatarian maple facts and tips on how to grow Tatarian maple, read on.

Tatarian Maple Facts

Tatarian maple trees (Acer tataricum) are small trees or large shrubs native to native to western Asia. They may grow 20 feet (6 meters) tall, but often spread to 25 feet (7.6 meters) or wider. Despite this short height, they shoot up fast, sometimes 2 feet (.6 meters) per year.

These trees are considered ornamentals. They produce panicles of greenish-white flowers in springtime. The fruit is also eye-catching: long, red samaras that hang on the tree for a month or so before falling.

Tatarian maple trees are deciduous trees, losing their leaves in winter. During the growing season, their

leaves are green, but according to Tatarian maple facts, they turn yellow and red in fall. This makes growing a Tatarian maple a great tree to get fall color in a small landscape. They are also a great investment, since the trees can live 150 years.

How to Grow Tatarian Maple

If you are wondering how to grow Tatarian maple, you need to live in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. That is where the trees thrive.

When you start growing a Tatarian maple, you don’t have to be picky about soil. Almost any well-draining soil will do. You can plant them in moist or dry soil, clay, loan or sand. They can grow happily in a wide range of acidic soils, from highly acidic to neutral.

You’ll do best to site Tatarian maple trees in a location that gets full sun. They will also grow in partial shade, but not quite as well as in direct sun.

Tatarian Maple Care

Tatarian maple care is not difficult if you site the tree appropriately. Like every other tree, this maple requires irrigation for the period after transplant but, after establishment, is quite drought tolerant. The root system is somewhat shallow and might benefit from a layer of mulch.

These trees grow and transplant easily, even without heaping too much Tatarian maple care on them. In fact, they are considered invasive in some areas, so be sure yours do not escape cultivation – and you may want to check with your local extension office to ensure it’s ok to row them in your area.

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Hot Wings Tatarian Maple fruit

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 25 feet

Spread: 15 feet


Hardiness Zone: 3


A spectacular new addition for smaller home landscapes, this is a smaller accent tree that features blazing red hot seeds in late summer and fiery fall colors; more tolerant of drought and alkaline conditions than the otherwise similar Amur maple

Ornamental Features

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features abundant showy cherry red samaras from mid to late summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Hot Wings Tatarian Maple will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Scott Skogerboe and mystery maple…

Everyone should have a hero. Scott Skogerboe has always been one of mine: Head of propagation at Fort Collins Nursery Wholesale, he and his boss, Gary Epstein have been the force behind most of the woody plant introductions of Plant Select. Here he is standing in front of…well…you shall have to wait and see (I have my crafty ways of making you read all the way to the bottom of my blog posting!)….

Amur maple at Box Store

This is NOT the same maple as the one with Scott above–this is an Amur Maple (Acer ginnala) I photographed today (October 20) on West Colfax in front of a Box Store which I am NOT endorsing (although I confess I did by 50 of awesome plants while I was there…). As the name suggests, Amur maples originate in the Amur river region of East Asia, the river that separates Manchuria from Siberia. No wonder the tree is so cold hardy! But that area is also Maritime–and the soils are podzoils: generally acid, more like the soils of our upper Midwest and New England. So of course, Amur maples in Denver are frequently chlorotic, and usually not recommended by horticulturists “in the know”. No one bothered to tell the landscape architects, who filled the vast parking lot of this box store with them–and each and every one of them are blazing in DIFFERENT colors, and looking mighty healthy!

A whole ROW of frickin’ amurs

Here you can see bits and pieces of a half dozen Amur maples in blazing color—looked like a regular conflagration! Each was robust, and each a very different shade of flaming red and orange (and some yellow and one or two green–this picture doesn’t show them quite right–I’ll show some closeups to better demonstrate a wonderful quality that is being increasingly denied people: namely, the wonderful biodiversity and variability that comes with seed grown plants.

Yellow-orange Amur

Although most of these maples were an unalloyed scarlet-vermilion, one was more orange-yellow in tint…

Green leafed Amur

Right alongside all the red ones, one had barely begun to turn and was still mostly green

Bright vermilion Amur Maple

But of the several dozen Amur maples around the parking lot, most were this flagrant, bracing, wonderful red color that we all love so much in the species. I have seen dozens of Amur maples all around Denver looking this good–there are some massive ones near Denver Botanic Gardens (and I have a pretty awesome specimen in my own garden too–hee hee)…but for every stunning Amur maple, there are usually a few gnarly, miserable things that look awful year around and hardly color up in fall. I have a hunch some of these are simply inferior plants, and others are probably growing in particularly bad sites with more alkaline soils, perhaps, or other environmental problems…Here, you should generate a drum roll and have the summon the cavalry with trumpets! Woo hooo!

Acer tataricum at Fort Collins Nursery Wholesale

Last Friday, while visiting Scott at Fort Collins Nursery Wholesale, I espied a furiously red small tree in the distance–the same one pictured at the beginning of this posting with Scott standing in front. This is a superb, red-fall coloring Tatarian Maple–a sib to the Plant Select Introduction, Acer tataricum Hot WingsTM. I have observed around town that Hot Wings Maple has been quite reliable about turning a wonderful reddish purple color in most sites. And since it is a selection of Acer tataricum, it will thrive in far more alkaline pedocal soils (“Tatarian” refers to “Tatary”–the archaic term used for “Turkestan”, the designation for the portions of Czarist Russia in Central Asia–namely contemporary Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Uzbekistan and the smaller neighboring “stans” that are now mostly independent states, but formerly parts of Russia and the Soviet Union. Mike Bone and I found Acer tataricum several times in Kazakhstan–many of them with the bright red samaras much like the Plant Select clone…

And here’s the rub–you can go to almost any nursery in Colorado (in fact around the United States, Canada and Europe as well) and find Hot Wings in several convenient sizes–which you can purchase and plant in your garden and get not only spectacular fall color, but a shapely small tree the rest of the year which has brilliant red fruits for much of the summer–which look as bright and dazzling as flowers for an extended period: it is apt to thrive for you on acid or alkaline soils, and once established in Colorado thrives with almost no supplemental irrigation: what’s not to love?

One of the great ironies of Colorado horticulture is that the ultimate seedsman (Scott Skogerboe) has also developed a number of clonal plants that will one day greatly outnumber the millions of seedlings he has grown in streetscapes and gardens around the world. Such are the ironies of our crazy modern world.

A piece of me wishes we could have developed a seed strain of red-winged maples so we could enjoy the wonderful biodiversity that thrilled me earlier today at Home Depot as I wandered through the Amur maples (imagining what they must look like in their native habitat right now, with the last few Siberian Tigers slinking through them nearby)–wait! What was that orange flash I caught out of the corner of my eye!? For a brief second I felt like Derzu Uzala (you must rent this dazzling Kurosawa classic if you’ve not seen it yet) and a moist Siberian breeze caressed my cheek.

The hearty, easy to grow Hot Wings Tatarian Maple

BISMARCK, N.D. – Showing a tree that grow in the upper Midwest. Hot wings maple is a great tree that grows just about anywhere.

And gives you a touch of color in the spring.

This week our traveling garden is on the south side of Bismarck, right next to Riverwood Golf Course. This is the Pier Restaurant Bar and Grill.

There is a maple I want to talk about that’s so hearty and so east to grow. It’s a Tatarian Maple and the selection is called Hot Tatarian Wings Maple.

It’s a little tree, they only get to be about 22, 23, 24-feet high, and they have these hot wings, or these seeds. On maples we call seeds samaras, they’re seeds or their samaras, and when they fall off they go down kind of like a helicopter. When we were kids we called them helicopters seeds on maples.

It’s a very hearty tree; it’s an ornamental tree.

A few weeks ago we had the Japanese Tree Lilacs blooming for about five weeks, and then we had the beautiful Linden with all the flowers and the flowering Crabs in the spring. Now, we have all this color.

The leaves don’t turn that orange and red in the fall. The feature are these hot wings that the birds and the squirrels will get, and its a source of food for wildlife.

So if you’re thinking about a little tree that’s an ornamental, whether it goes on your boulevard or in your yard, think about Hot Wings Tatarian Maple. They are very hearty and easy to grow.

Next week we are going to have more fun with more ideas.

Until then, good gardening.

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