Woody plants of eastern Asia's Amur River region

Many plants in the Arboretum originate and carry the name of this unique forest region.

The Amur river winds through Russia and China on its path to the Pacific Ocean in northeastern Asia. The region is home to many endemic plant species and this is reflected in scientific names such as "amurensis" and "maackii" (for Richard Maack, Russian explorer). The similarity of the Amur region's climate to the Prairie Provinces allows us to grow many of these plants in the Arboretum.

The Amur maple, with it's durability, red autumn foliage and miniature maple leaves has become a staple of prairie horticulture. Alternatively, the Amur cork tree, a Citrus Family species with unusual spongy bark, is usually seen only in collections.

Row Year Planted Scientific Name Common Name
1-25 1968 Acer ginnala Amur maple
5-37 2012 Deutzia parviflora var. amurensis Amur deutzia
3-61 2013 Ligustrum amurense Amur privet
5-9 2006 Lonicera maackii Amur honeysuckle
18-15 1968 Maackia amurensis Amur maackia
8-9 2007 Phellodendron amurense Amur cork tree
9-22 1966 Physocarpus amurensis Amur ninebark
18-7 1973 Prunus maackii Amur cherry
8-6 1969 Sorbus amurensis (pouhashanensis) Amur mountain ash
19-47 1973 Syringa reticulata subsp. amurensis Amur lilac
4-3 2009 Tilia amurensis Amur linden
10-9.1 2008 Vitis amurensis

Amur grape

Amur grape, Vitis amurensis