Acer ginnala (ay’-sir ji-nae’-la)
Family: Sapindaceae, Soapberry
- 1a – Opposite leaf arrangement on stem — go to 2
Leaf: Margins double toothed. 3-7 main veins. Red-orange autumn foliage early, for a short time.
Bud: Small, reddish-brown, several scales. Usually solitary. Shiny.
Leaf Scar: Horizontal line across stem, connecting narrow crescent-shaped leaf scars.
Stem: Thin, gray, hairless.
Pith: Round, solid, pale.
Flower: Yellow-white, fragrant, small panicles. Blooms as the leaves appear.
Fruit: Double samara. Wings nearly parallel, in clusters. Fruit stalk may persist through winter.
Habit: Small ornamental tree or shrub. Either multi-stemmed and dense or may have a single trunk. Rounded canopy. 20 feet tall or less.
Culture: Does better with slightly acidic soil conditions and moderate to high moisture. Prefers full sun but tolerates part shade.