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Acer circinatum

Vine Maple
Zone: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Exposure: Light/Bright Shade
Plant Category: Wetland & Aquatic Plants
Height: Minimum 12 feet , Maximum 20 feet
Width: Minimum 20 inches, Maximum 20 inches
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A classic multi-stemmed tree for the northwest garden, this durable native produces sprawling branches when growing in the shade of the native conifer forest. Vine maple is very closely related to Japanese maples and has the same versatility in the small garden or woodland, but with a more relaxed feel. Its trunks are green when young and have architectural interest. Fresh, light green leaves turn orange and red with partial to full sun early in the autumn, and hold their color well though the season. Vine maple is one of our best native trees for the urban garden.

Vine maple will grow well in full sun to deep shade, but the best autumn color is with at least half a day of sun. It is remarkably adaptable to soil types, growing well in sandy to clay soils and well-drained to moist locations. It grows more quickly (12 to 18 inches a year) when young and slows with maturity. In sun the form is more upright, while in shade the branching habit is gracefully open and sprawling.

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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

The most gorgeous autumn colors of all the NW are those displayed by this little tree (Peattie); to 35'(most often smaller), always with a touch of red about it: new shoots, twigs, seeds, ; a blazing fall display. Sun-PSh/Med


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

Native to the Pacific Northwest mountains but just as at home in gardens this versatile maple has a multi-stem open habit and yellow-orange fall tones. 12 ft tall.


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

Sought after for its fall color and drought tolerance, Vine Maples can reach 30' but most often settle for a shrubby 12' look. Zone 5


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Aurora Nursery Aurora, OR Email now 503-678-7903 BB: X Container: 1
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  • Beaverlake Nursery Beavercreek, OR Email now 503-632-4787 Bare Root: X Container: 4 Cut: X Liner: X Seedling: X
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  • Chehalem Mountain Nursery Inc. Hillsboro, OR Email now 503-628-3765 BB: 2 Container: 2