Maple, Tatarian (ACER TATARICUM) - 'Hot Wings'
An excellent choice for dry, alkaline conditions, ‘Gar Ann’ comes both as a small, single trunked tree or in a multi-trunked clump. Little yellow flowers in spring are followed by brilliant red samaras which earn 'Gar Ann' the title of 'Hot Wings'. From a distance, these samaras look like bright red blossoms in mid-summer. In fall, the attractive green foliage transitions anywhere from yellow to red shades. Ideal for home landscapes where a smaller tree is desired.
Reaching 20 feet tall and 18 feet wide at maturity, 'Hot Wings' boasts incredible cold hardiness at a USDA Hardiness zone 3. Grow in full to partial sun in clay, loam, or sandy soil. Once established, it only needs moderate to dry irrigation and should have any suckers that may start at the base of the tree pruned every summer. Requires very little pruning otherwise, but use appropriate methods when needed.Can be planted as an accent tree or combined with bushes in mass plantings for attractive and showy curb appeal. Can be set with shrubs or alone on drip irrigation. It does produce seedlings (samaras) which can be pulled easily if desired, but if planted in an area that receives more frequent irrigation, seedlings may find their way into production more easily than desired. Despite it's strong branches, may be subject to limb damage in heavy snowstorms; brush of the snow gently in such circumstances to protect from breakage. Trim back long branches or branches that may be susceptible to breakage due to their wider angle at attachment with the trunk. Don't plant under roof lines or other structures where snow may slide off and damage 'Gar Ann'.