The Amur Maackia (Maackia amurensis), also known as the Amur cork tree, is a lesser-known but rewarding tree for landscapes, particularly in colder regions. Being one of the hardiest and longest life small-medium trees available here, it offers a unique combination of beauty, resilience, and a manageable size, making it a perfect choice for smaller yards or urban settings.


What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these trees can live for 100-150 years, offering generations the opportunity to enjoy their beauty.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Reaches a mature spread of 20-30 feet, creating a medium-sized shade canopy.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate grower, adding 1-2 feet per year after establishment.
  • Canopy Height: Maturity brings a height of 30-50 feet, providing shade without overwhelming smaller landscapes.
  • Soil Preference: Thrives in moist, well-drained soils but tolerates clay and even slightly alkaline conditions.
  • Water Needs: Moderately water-dependent, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. Once established, they are drought tolerant.
  • Light Preference: Adapts to full sun or partial shade. Full sun exposure will encourage denser growth and a more compact canopy, while partial shade can result in a more open and airy growth habit.
  • Hardiness Zone: Amur Maackia is hardy in USDA zones 3-7, making it a great choice for colder regions where other flowering trees may struggle.
  • Flowers and Fruits: Small, greenish-white flowers appear in clusters in midsummer, lasting for a couple of weeks. These are followed by flat, brown seed pods that mature in fall and persist into winter.

Interesting Facts

  • Compact and Adaptable: Unlike many large shade trees, the Amur Maackia stays relatively compact, reaching a mature height suitable for smaller landscapes. It’s also adaptable to various soil conditions, making it a versatile choice.
  • Low-Maintenance Beauty: This tree requires minimal care beyond occasional pruning. It’s generally disease and pest resistant, adding to its low-maintenance appeal.
  • Showy Flowers and Interesting Bark: Amur Maackia boasts fragrant, white, pea-like flowers in early summer, adding a touch of elegance. As the tree matures, its bark develops a beautiful, coppery-bronze exfoliating texture, adding winter interest.
  • Wildlife Friendly: The Amur Maackia attracts pollinators with its flowers and provides food for birds with its flat seed pods.
  • Frosted Flowers: In spring, the unopened flower buds of the Amur Maackia appear silvery-green, resembling frosted flowers. This adds a unique and delicate touch to the early season landscape.


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