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Growth Facts

Hot Wings Maple

Acer tataricum 'GarAnn' PP 15023

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“Christmas in July” is how one worker at the nursery where Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple was discovered describes this festive new ornamental tree. Indeed, Hot Wings’® colorful summer samaras (helicopters)as red as Holly berries and glowing brilliantly against the rich green canopywill put you in a jolly mood. The papery red fruits will make an impact in your landscape for six weeks, but don’t think that the festivities stop there. In fall, the foliage erupts in a blaze of orange-red, with a sprinkling of golden leaves in the interior. Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple’s bushy habit makes it an effective but friendly screen from your neighbors, and its medium-small size makes it useful for properties both large and small.

Growth Facts

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The Story

Tatarian Maple hails from eastern Europe and western Asia in countries such as Kazakhstan, where it is found on rocky, exposed sites and in forest understories. This rugged Maple Tree is a favorite ornamental plant in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states for its junkyard-dog toughness as much as for the beauty it brings to challenging environments. Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple originated at the nursery of Gary Epstein in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1993. The chance seedling stood out from other Tatarian Maples for its extra-long display of ruby-red samaras, its wide branch angles (which help prevent breakage in storms), and its consistently fiery fall color.

The Details

Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple has earned the stamp of approval from the Plant Select® program, an award that goes to superlative plants with both beauty and brawn. Plant Select® is a nonprofit group that gets input from Colorado State University, the Denver Botanic Garden, and other horticulture professionals. Winning plants have to score well on seven criteria: ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions, low water needs, resilience in challenging climates, uniqueness, disease and insect resistance, long-lasting beauty, and non-invasiveness. Basically, if it can handle the cold, drought, wind, snow, ice, and hail of a typical Colorado yearand still look goodit’s in!

How to Grow

Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple is an unfussy tree that even novice gardeners will have great success with. Give it a site in all-day sun for the richest red fall color, and make sure the soil drains freely, as it doesn’t care for “wet feet.” Hot Wings® will need regular water during establishment, but after the first year or two it should be quite drought tolerant. This low-maintenance tree will put no strain on your busy schedulein time, it will form a dense, rounded canopy with very little pruning necessary, and insect pests and diseases are generally of no concern.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20-30'
Spacing 20-40'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Red/Yellow
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

5-6' tall. Shipped in our #7 tree container. This is a great selection that is ready to make a great addition to your landscape even at this size.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall Shipped in our #15 tree container with a stem caliper around 1.5”. This tree has been well pruned for proper structure and form.

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Hot Wings Maple Leaf
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