TREES & plants

Amur maackia

Amur maackia with new foliage emerging in spring.

Amur maackia is a compact, rounded tree for smaller landscapes. The compound leaves emerge silvery-green in spring changing to medium green in summer. White, spiky flowers appear in mid-summer when little else is flowering and showy, mottled olive-green bark adds to winter interest.

Botanical name: 
Maackia amurensis
All Common Names: 
Amur maackia
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae)
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Planting Site: 
  • Residential and parks, 
  • City parkway, 
  • Wide median, 
  • Restricted sites
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen, 
  • Shade tree, 
  • Parkway/street
Size Range: 
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet), 
  • Small tree (15-25 feet)
Mature Height: 
20-30 feet
Mature Width: 
20-35 feet
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Acid soil, 
  • Alkaline soil, 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Acid Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Alkaline Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Salt Spray: 
  • Intolerant
Soil Salt: 
  • Intolerant
Drought Conditions: 
  • Tolerant
Poor Drainage: 
  • Intolerant
Ornamental Interest: 
  • Summer blossoms, 
  • Fragrant flowers, 
  • Showy flowers, 
  • Attractive bark
Season of Interest: 
  • Early winter, 
  • Mid winter, 
  • Late winter, 
  • Early summer, 
  • Mid summer
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant, 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Round
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
Transplants Well: 
  • Yes
  • Insect pollinators
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

This tree is able to adapt to both alkaline and acid soils. Prefers a well-drained soil.

Disease, pests, and problems

No serious problems.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Manchuria and Korea. 

Bark color and texture 

Bark is copper-brown and will begin to peel a little with age.  Interesting  in winter.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Compound leaves are alternate, leaflet are opposite.    The whole leaf is 8 to 12 inches long.  Leaf opens somewhat gray-green and matures to dark green.  No color change in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

White, pea-type flowers are arranged on upright clusters.  Lightly fragrant, flowering in early summer.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

The fruit is a flat legume (pod) similar to those produced by redbud trees.  They are brown and 2 to 3 inches long.



Maackia amurensis or Amur maackia