Plum Passion® Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'MonCir'

Striking plum-red spring foliage on an exceptionally refined shrub or small tree superb for a shaded understory, where it develops a graceful, somewhat horizontal habit. Brilliant autumn foliage falls to reveal twisting, bare branches that lend winter interest. Develops a more upright and slender form in sunnier locations. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationAY-ser sir-sin-AY-tum
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasTrue to its name, this plant tends to behave somewhat vine-like when planted in a shady spot, its multiple stems sprawling beautifully through companions. In fall, it splashes color in a woodsy understory and looks brilliant planted with dark conifers. Planted in the sun, it grows into a small, airy tree. Use several to make an arching, shady bower. Espalier against a shady north wall to showcase its attractive structure during winter.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorRed
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsStrawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Dogwood (Cornus kousa); Leatherleaf Fern (Rumohra adiantiformis)

Prefers evenly moist soils and some shade, but adaptable to most soil types and tolerates sun. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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