The fourth in our series of great alternative plants or “Instead of that ol’ thing, plant this!’
Move over acer ginnala. Aptly named acer tartaricum â€˜Hot Wingsâ€™(GarAnn), has been described as Christmas in July. Discovered as a seedling in the growing fields of a nursery in Fort Collins, Colorado, its brilliant red whirlybird samaras hold fast for six weeks in the summer and look every b it like blazing red bouquets against the trees green leaves. It has an interesting autumn show as well: the outside leaves turn orange red and the innermost leaves a shade of yellow. Tough as nails and perfect for a smaller home garden, Hot Wings is tolerant of alkaline soils, drought conditions (once established), and thrives sun or part shade. Position this smallish tree as a focal point in the garden. Plant Select â„¢ 2007. 15 feet wide x 30 feet tall. Z 4-10, to 7000 feet.
I’ve got just the spot for one of these in my garden.
Check these out:
The brilliantly named “HOT WINGS”
And the old standby: Acer Ginnala (v. Mondy). Thanks to Monrovia for the photo.
Come on back now, y’hear? I have two more great plants to tell you about.