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Acer circinatum

Acer circinatum Acer circinatum Acer circinatum Acer circinatum Acer circinatum Acer circinatum Acer circinatum

Photo Locations: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.

General Notes

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.

Family: Sapindaceae
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.

Tree Characteristics

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.

Moist Soil.

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.
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