Sapindaceae (soapberry family) Acer

Acer ginnala Amur maple

North-east Asia
Acer ginnala leaves and samaras. John Rawlings, c. 2004

Named for the Amur River that runs between eastern Siberia and Manchuria, this small, cold-weather maple has small toothed leaves (often only 2 inches long), two rather small side lobes, 1-inch keys, small fragrant flowers, and good fall color. Campus has lost our only specimens: half a dozen (an inch in diameter in 2004) stood on the right as one entered the greenbelt by the path at the end of Casanueva Place.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Family name updated from Aceraceae to Sapindaceae (Oct 2017, SP). Removals noted (Jul 2023, SP).