The creamy green clusters of spring flowers and bright fall foliage of this small maple are pretty, and its small size and toughness lends it to urban landscapes with space constraints. It is also unusually hardy, so its well-suited to the harsh climates of the far north.
Tatarian maple is a small, bushy, deciduous tree that originates from eastern Europe and Asia. Its irregularly lobed green leaves turn colorful shades of red, yellow and orange in fall and in spring its branches bear clusters of fragrant, cream-colored flowers followed by red winged fruits (samaras). In fact, it is one of the few maples with showy flowers.
It prefers sites with full to partial sun and average soil. It easy tough, easy-to-grow, relatively fast growing and works well in foundation plantings, hedges, screens or in urban tree islands. (info source: learn2grow.com)
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|Germination||1. Start the cold stratification process one month before the beginning of spring.|
2. Place the seeds in a glass bowl and cover with room temperature water. Allow the seeds to soak for a minimum of 24 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
3. Hold a handful of sterile peat planting medium under a running faucet until the peat is soaked. Squeeze most of the water out of the peat, leaving it moist but not soggy. Place the moist peat into a zip-lock plastic bag.
4. Remove the seeds from the bowl of water and rinse them off under clean running water. Place up to three seeds into the plastic bag containing the peat. Use more peat and plastic bags if you want to germinate more than three seeds.
5. Push the seeds into the peat and seal the plastic bag. Shake the bag to distribute the peat so that it covers the seeds completely. The seeds must be buried in the moist peat in order to germinate.
6. Place the sealed bag in the bottom of the refrigerator. This will serve as the cold stratification. The seeds need to be kept at 34 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 35 days, but not longer than 90 days.
7. Open the plastic bag periodically to make sure the peat is still moist. Add water as needed to restore the moisture.
8. Check the weather forecast after 35 days. You can plant the seeds outdoors if all danger of frost has passed. You can wait up to 55 more days, if there is still a possibility of frost and plant the seeds as late as early summer.
9. Plant the seeds by removing them from the peat and rinsing them with clean water. Bury the seeds 1/4 to 1 inch deep into the soil, ensuring that the seeds are covered. Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout.