Acer tataricum

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Acer tataricum L.

Aceraceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

         

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: erect

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rutanae
Ordo:
Sapindales

Acer tataricum is a tree.

Naming

Acer tataricum was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Acer tataricum is a species in the genus Acer which contains approximately 230 to 296 species and belongs to the family of the Aceraceae (Maple Family). The type species of the genus is Acer pseudoplatanus.

Characteristics

Growth

The trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 9 to 10 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acer tataricum is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate and petiolate with serrate margins and palmate venation. They turn an attractive yellow to red in autumn.

Flowers and Fruits

Acer tataricum produces panicles of erect, white five-stellate flowers in May.

The trees carry ornamental schizocarps.

Root System

Distribution

Acer tataricum is native to Austria, Turkey, the Caucasus, northern Iran and the Balkan Peninsula.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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