Vine Maple

Acer circinatum

Delicate deciduous shrub or small tree, well-suited in the shadow of larger trees. Reddish color to new spring foliage. Interesting winter effect from branching patterns. Colorful fall foliage.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationAY-ser sir-sin-AY-tum
Average Size at MaturityGrows to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide in full sun, smaller in shade.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasTrue to its name, this plant tends to vine 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 ColorGreen
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Water Garden, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFall Color, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsLikes to associate with evergreens and conifers in the bright shade under their canopy. Plant with Camellia (Camellia japonica), Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), Blueberry and Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa). Ideal with showy perennials 'Rheinland', 'Deutschland', and 'Fanal' Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii). Underplant with Hosta and Fern.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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