SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.
Vine Maple does well in cooler climates, or in shaded locations which are relatively moist. It tolerates a wide variety of soils but prefers a fairly fertile, moist soil which is rich in humus. It is quite hardy but suffers in hot, dry conditions. A smaller alternative to Japanese Maple, as a patio or lawn specimen, but not as a shade tree per se. It usually develops multi-trunks, and makes a very attractive specimen with a low, broad, foliage canopy with an interesting habit. Good stream-side tree.
Native to California.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 15 - 25 feet.
Width: 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Palmate, Light Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Purple or Red. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Red or Rose Samara, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Red Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 6 and 14 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Bonsai or Espalier.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer circinatum Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acer-circinatum >
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