Acer Tataricum var flame – Tatarian Maple

This oriental looking, deciduous small tree is indeed highly ornamental – flowers, foliage and bark,tatarian maple

The flowers are fragrant too. Making it ideal specimen for both landscape or bonsai.

Flower: fragrant, yellow-white flowers appear in april-may, which cover the tree, unlike most maples these are very fragrant.

Foliage: medium to dark green changing in autumn to a vivid scarlet colour, which is why it is called flame.

Bark: textured grey.

Height: 15-25 feet or grown as an attractive bonsai specimen – can be grown as single or multi stemmed

Zone: 2
Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it usually germinates in the following spring. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours and then stratify for 2 – 4 months at 1 – 8°c. It can be slow to germinate. The seed can be harvested ‘green’ (when it has fully developed but before it has dried and produced any germination inhibitors) and sown immediately. It should germinate in late winter. If the seed is harvested too soon it will produce very weak plants or no plants at all. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until they are 20cm or more tall before planting them out in their permanent positions.

Layering, which takes about 12 months, is successful with most species in this genus.

Cuttings of young shoots in June or July. The cuttings should have 2 – 3 pairs of leaves, plus one pair of buds at the base. Remove a very thin slice of bark at the base of the cutting, rooting is improved if a rooting hormone is used. The rooted cuttings must show new growth during the summer before being potted up otherwise they are unlikely to survive the winter.Of easy cultivation, it prefers a good moist well-drained soil on the acid side and a sunny position. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Chlorosis can sometimes develop as a result of iron deficiency when the plants are grown in alkaline soils, but in general maples are not fussy as to soil ph.

Trees usually fruit abundantly in Britain.

A bad companion plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants

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