Botanical Name: Acer circinatum
Common Name: Vine Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer circinatum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

3-6', 6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Green, Orange, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color

Green, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Seascape, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Espalier, Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Parking Lot, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This plant is either a shrub or small tree which grows up to 35' . It has light green leaves which turn orange-scarlet in the fall. It also has new spring foliage with a reddish hue. A. circinatum can be used as an espalier against a wall. To accent this plant effectively, plant it with the Douglas Fir, Western Sword Firn, as well as the Oregon Grape. It has a color that is especially striking during the fall season.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.