Amur maackia (Maackia amurensis) is a relatively slow-growing deciduous tree, usually maturing around 20 to 30 feet tall, with pinnate compound leaves and an overall rounded form. Its very best feature, I think, is its silvery new shoots; they are so elegant. They mature to a rich green color, looking very different than in spring. In summer, this member of the pea family produces short, upright clusters of small, white flowers appear at the shoot tips, followed by flattened seedpods. The bark of Amur maackia is very handsome: a deep coppery brown that is somewhat shiny at first, eventually exfoliating in interesting patterns. This very uncommon but easy to grow tree is reported to be very adaptable, tolerating a wide range of growing conditions. Full sun. Zones 3 or 4 to 7 or 8.
Wasn’t able to collect in 2022; will try again in late fall 2023. At least 12 seeds.
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