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Acer circinatum (Vine Maple)

Oregon Vine Maple, Vine Maple


Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) is most commonly grown as a spreading bushy large shrub, but it will occasionally form a small to medium-sized tree. Low-branched, multi-stemmed in habit, it usually develops multi-trunks with bright, reddish-green bark. Upright in sunny locations, it takes a delicate horizontal habit in the shade. Vine Maple is noted for its nearly circular deciduous leaves to 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm) with 7-9 palmate lobes. Beautifully colored in most seasons, its broad foliage canopy, elegantly displayed in tiered pattern, emerges bright green in spring and warms up to attractive shades of orange and red in the fall. In spring, tiny purple and white flowers are borne in short terminal clusters. They are followed by red-winged fruits, which are consumed by songbirds, game birds, and mammals. Vine Maple performs well in cooler climates, or in shaded and moist locations. This western North American native is a smaller alternative to Japanese Maples. It can be used as a very attractive patio or lawn specimen or in naturalizing situation, and grouping. Acer circinatum is reported to be the most useful native tree for the landscape in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Grows up to 15-25 ft. tall (4-8 m) and 15-20 ft. wide (4-6 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in fairly fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Will suffer in hot, dry conditions.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary to control shape, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running.
  • May be affected by verticillium wilt, honey fungus, aphids, caterpillars, mites and scale insects. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed sown outdoors as soon as ripe, by grafting in late winter, or by chip budding in mid- to late summer.
  • Native to North America from British Columbia to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Acer - Maples
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Acer - Maples
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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