(Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala)
Multi-stemmed deciduous tree or shrub in the maple family.
- Invades open grasslands, open forests, prairies, forest and field edges.
- Outcompetes native shrubs and understory trees, reducing overall biodiversity.
- Can shade-out native species in prairie ecosystems, converting prairie community to shaded shrubland or woodland.
- United States Forest Service designates this species as invasive in several eastern states with similar climate zones.
- Trees produce abundant, wind dispersed seed that germinate readily.
- Tree are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, and more drought and shade tolerant than native maples.
- May contain allelopathic chemicals, inhibiting root development of desired species.