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Maple Amur Ruby Slippers A2

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Ruby Slippers Amur Maple

Acer ginnala 'Ruby Slippers'

 
Ruby Slippers Amur Maple (Acer ginnala 'Ruby Slippers') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple Bird of Paradise-like effect

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple (Acer ginnala 'Ruby Slippers') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple (Acer ginnala 'Ruby Slippers') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple in fall

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

A spectacular choice for its reliable blazing red-orange fall colour and bright red Bird-of-Paradise-like buds that appear in early summer and persist until fall; this is a shapely small tree that is very hardy and adaptable; great as a fall accent in smaller home landscapes. It features abundant showy scarlet samaras in early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and red in the fall. 

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ruby Slippers Amur Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

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