|Acer ginnala is a small maple, usually 15 to 18 feet, sometimes 25 feet tall, with an equal spread. Form can be either a large multi-stemmed shrub or a small tree with rounded outline. It takes well to pruning so can be shaped accordingly. Bark is smooth grayish brown, with darker striations. Foliage is dark glossy green in summer, yellow and red in fall, with best fall color in sunny situations. Flowers are white and fragrant, on small panicles, appearing with the leaves in mid to late spring. Fruit is a reddish samara, with parallel wings. Prefers moist, well drained soil but is adaptable and can be grown as a container plant. Generally pest free, but can contract Verticillium and some other maple pests. It is an effective specimen, patio, mass planting or screening tree. Native to China and Japan.