The Hot Wings Maple (Acer tataricum ‘GarAnn’), a cultivar of the Tatarian maple, is a small, vibrantly colored ornamental tree prized for its fiery red samaras in spring and its equally striking fall foliage. This compact maple brings a burst of color and unique charm to smaller landscapes.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these maples can live for 50-70 years, adding years of color to your landscape.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Reaches a mature spread of 15-20 feet, providing shade for smaller spaces.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate grower, adding 1-2 feet per year after establishment.
  • Canopy Height: Maturity brings a height of 15-25 feet, making it ideal for areas with power lines or other overhead restrictions.
  • Soil Preference: Adapts to various well-drained soils, but thrives in slightly acidic to neutral pH.
  • Water Needs: Moderately water-dependent, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. Regular watering is beneficial, but they are drought-tolerant once established.
  • Light Preference: Full sun exposure is ideal for optimal growth and the most vibrant color displays.
  • Hardiness Zone: Hardy in USDA zones 4-8.
  • Flowers: Inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers appear in spring, but are not particularly showy compared to the samaras.

Interesting Facts

  • Award-Winning: Hot Wings Maple was a recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, recognizing its ornamental value.
  • Samara Surprise: “Samaras” are the winged maple seeds that appear in clusters and resemble tiny helicopters. In most maples, samaras are not particularly showy, but the Hot Wings cultivar boasts bright red samaras that create a stunning display in spring.
  • Double the Color: Hot Wings Maple offers a spectacular color show twice every year. In spring, it explodes with bright red samaras (winged seeds) that transform to green. Then, in fall, the leaves put on a fiery display of yellow, orange, and red.
  • Compact and Manageable: Unlike some maples that become giants, Hot Wings remains small and compact, perfect for smaller gardens, foundation plantings, or as a specimen tree in a limited space.


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