Vine Maple

Acer circinatum

  • Size:

    Height: 15-25'; Spread: 20'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Deciduous; arching to round-topped crown; newer branches may droop horizontally.

  • Foliage:

    Light-green palmate leaves with 5 lobes, 2-4.5". New growth reddish. Fall color: shaded leaves turn yellow to orange, exposed turn red.

  • Flower:

    Tiny purple/red flowers grow in drooping clusters around April. Typically hidden by leaves.

  • Fruit:

    Reddish samaras, 1" long, grow in pairs, and persist on trees into summer

  • Bark:

    Gray-brown, usually smooth with occasional darker fissures.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Cannot dry out. Prune to shape.

  • Tolerance:

    Loam or sandy soil. Prefers shade

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers protected, shady, moist locations.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to northern California to British Columbia. Understory tree. Native alternative to Japanese maple.