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Plant Details

Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'

Vine Maple
Zone: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Light/Bright Shade
Plant Category: Shade & Flowering Trees
Height: Minimum 10 feet , Maximum 15 feet
Width: Minimum 15 inches, Maximum 15 inches
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This is a stunning twist on our native vine maple. 'Pacific Fire’ was selected for its glowing and brilliant red twigs that fade to a softer orange-red on the older branches. This characteristic is very pronounced in young trees with strong vigorous growth. Slower growing older trees will have bright red tips with orange-red tones reaching far down the branches giving a lovely, but more subtle glowing effect in the winter. Like the typical vine maple, which is very closely related to Japanese maples, 'Pacific Fire' has the same versatility in the small garden or woodland, but with a more relaxed feel. As they mature the trunks often have an interesting rustic architectural interest. Fresh, light green leaves turn golden-yellow with dappled shade and are blushed orange in full sun early in the autumn, holding their color well though the season. This small tree is a great choice for the urban garden.

This red-bark selection of our native vine maple thrives in open to dappled shade. It is typically grafted onto Japanese maple rootstocks so it is not as drought tolerant as a typical vine maple; therefore it requires occasional watering during dry weather. 'Pacific Fire' will grow well in a wide range of soils including sand and clay, but prefers a well drained location. It has a graceful upright branching habit that requires little pruning other than the removal of poorly developed branches, dead wood or broken limbs.

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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:28 PM

Native to the Northwest, this vine maple has bright red twigs in the winter and yellow fall color. Growing to 8', this shrub is fine for a small garden or bonsai. zone 5


Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:28 PM

Striking pinkish red bark on younger stems is best enjoyed in winter so keep that in mind when planting. More vertical than wide in habit. Up to 14' tall.


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Bradshaw Nursery LLC Forest Grove, OR Email now 503-423-7978 BB: 1
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  • J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Boring, OR Email now 503-663-4128 Bare Root: X BB: X Container: X
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  • Patterson Nursery Sales Inc. Eagle Creek, OR Email now 503-668-6000 BB: X Container: X
    Pohlschneider Nursery St. Paul, OR Email now 503-969-1310 Container: 1
    Rare Tree Nursery Silverton, OR Email now 503-847-9242 Container: X Liner: X
    Van's Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-463-4507 Container: 1