'Hot Wings' Tatarian Maple - a Great Small Tree
photo from northscaping.com
HOT WINGS® Tatarian Maple was discovered in Colorado. It appeared as a chance-seedling in the production fields of Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery in 1993. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
This particular tree stood out from all the other Tatarian maples for six weeks every summer with its breath-taking scarlet red samaras that contrasted boldly with the green foliage. It looked like it was in bloom in July. In the spring, clusters of yellow-white flowers covered the tree after the leaves appear. Fall leaf color transformed from orange-red on the outside of the tree to yellow in the middle.
In time, Plant Select® offered to patent it and promote it. It is now readily available in local nurseries.
If you want a small single or multi-stem wide spreading ornamental tree that reaches 18 - 25 feet tall ( with a spread of 20 feet) and offers year round interest, is tolerant of alkaline soils and is cold-hardy then this is the tree for you!
It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground. It grows at a medium rate and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to both dry and moist locations and is considered to be drought-tolerant. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution. It is great for creating a bushy screen, as an accent or in the shrub border. It is a show stopper.
USDA zones 4-10.