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Vine Maple
Acer circinatum
  
About Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) 15 Nurseries Carry This Plant Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) is a species of maple native to western North America, from southwest British Columbia to northern California, usually within 300 km of the Pacific Ocean coast. It most commonly grows as a large shrub growing to around 5-8 meters tall, but it will occasionally form a small to medium-sized tree, exceptionally to 18 meters tall. The shoots are slender and hairless. It typically grows in the understory below much taller forest trees, but can sometimes be found in open ground, and occurs at altitudes from sea level up to 1,500 meter.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree

Size
Size
15 - 30 ft tall
3 - 6 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate, Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green, Red, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Deer, elk, many birds. Flowers attract birds, butterfly and moths.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0 - 20° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Fine with many types of soil as long as well draining.. Soil PH: 5.5 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant

Maintenance
Maintenance
May be pruned to keep as a dwarf tree, or even as a bonzai.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Scarification, 1-2 mos. warm, and 3-6 mos. cold stratification; when periodic checks during cold stratification indicate incipient germination, the whole lot should be sown ( USDA Forest Service 1974). Use fresh seeds.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Stream banks, forest understories, canyon bottoms

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 16.4" - 135.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.47" - 4.72", Coldest Month: 8.4" - 51.9", Hottest Month: 32.1" - 75.1", Humidity: 0.26" - 24.01", Elevation: 15" - 13508"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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