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



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green


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, 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: GardenSoft
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This plant is either a shrub or small tree that reaches 35' in height . 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 Vine Maple effectively, plant it with the Douglas Fir, Western Sword Fern, 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 at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.