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

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



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





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:
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This plant is either a shrub or small tree which grows to 35' in height.It has light green leaves which turn orange-scarlet in the fall. It has new spring foliage with reddish hue. It can be used as an espalier against a shady wall. As for plant combinations, this tree grows well with the Douglas Fir, Western Sword Firn, as well as the Oregon Grape. It has a color that is especially good for the fall season.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.