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Acer circinatum

Vine Maple

A colourful plant for a woodland garden displaying white flowers in the spring, bright green foliage in the summer, and red or yellow, fall colour.

  • »  Dense, rounded to vase-shaped form with irregular branching
  • »  White flowers emerge before the leaves
  • »  Red two-winged samaras turn brown before dropping in the summer
  • »  Nearly round leaves have seven to nine triangular lobes
  • »  Bright green foliage turns red or yellow in late summer to early fall
  • »  An ideal tree for planting near streams or wet areas
  • »  Bloom Time: Spring

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  • Category:Shrubs
  • Hardiness Zone:5
  • Height:12-15 m
  • Spread:9-12 m
  • Bloom Color: White
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture
Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average
Growth Rate
Fall Color
Low Maintenance
Flowering Time
Early Spring
Foliage Color
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Acer circinatum

This species can reroot where the branches touch the soil. In some cases, colonies of vine maple grow into thick tangles; trappers referred to the vine as “devil wood.”

Native to the west coast of Canada and the U.S.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Acer circinatum

Vine maple can be grown as a tree or multi-stemmed clump. It grows well in shaded areas where the soil is moist and rich in nitrogen.