Vine Maple – Native Plant Spotlight

Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)

Vine Maple’s sinuous branches wind through the air like vines defying gravity, adding to its unique beauty and earning Acer circinatum a distinctive common name. The brisk autumn months are this stunning deciduous tree’s moment to shine. You will be awed as the vibrant green leaves give way to a fiery display of gold, orange, and cherry red, adding a flourish of vibrancy to the season of early sunsets.

This easy-to-grow native tree is comparatively small at a maximum height of 25 feet, making it perfect for small scale landscaping projects. In the wild, it can be found nestled in the understory of woodland edges, as it prefers partial to full shade. Vine Maple does well in both dry and moist soil conditions. Traditionally, its durable wood was used for crafting snowshoe frames and drum hoops.

Pre-order local favorite Vine Maple from KCD’s Native Plant sale today!

Caroline Boschetto, AmeriCorps Projects Coordinator, Community Agriculture Engagement

Sources:
Jim Pojar, Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 2004.
King County Native Plant Guide: Vine Maple
Featured Photo Credit: Walter Siegmund (talk) – Own work, CC BY 2.5

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