Acer tataricum (ay’-sir ta-ta-reek’-um)
Family: Sapindaceae, Soapberry
- 1a – Opposite leaf arrangement on stem — go to 2
- 2a – Leaf simple — go to 3
Leaf: 2-4 inches long; irregular, double-serrated margin. Some leaves lobed, some not. If lobed, middle lobe is longer than two side lobes and wide at base. Medium green. May have hairs on veins beneath. Petiole 1-2 inches long.
Bud: 1/4 inch long, red-brown-black overlapping scales. May be slightly hairy.
Leaf Scar: 3 bundle scars.
Stem: Slender, smooth, red-brown, lenticels visible.
Flower: Greenish-white, blooming in mid-spring.
Fruit: Red samara, parallel wings.
Habit: Small tree or large, bushy shrub.
Culture:Tolerant of dry, alkaline soils.