Acer ginnala, Flame Amur Maple, is native to northeastern Asia from Mongolia to Japan and north to Siberia and the Amur River valley. It is a small maple that is grown as an ornamental plant in northern parts of Europe and North America where it is the most cold tolerant maple - to zone 2! It is naturalized in parts of North America and this particular tree is growing wild at Medway Creek. It has distinct red keys - a fruit called samara - which ripen in late summer, early fall. The leaves turn an intense orange in the fall.
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