Acer circinatum

Acer circinatum

Small shrub-tree with a brambling form and bright green foliage. This tree adapts well to gardens and has an attractive fall foliage.

Taxonomy

Accepted name:   Acer circinatum Pursh

Other Details

USDA Name Code:  ACCI
Synonyms or misapplications:  = Acer circinatum f. fulvum (J. K. Henry) A. E. Murray = Acer circinatum var. fulvum J. K. Henry = Acer macounii Greene = Acer modocense Greene = Acer virgatum Raf. "
Published in:  Pursh. (1814). In: Fl. Am. Sept. 1: 267.

Characteristics

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Form & Structure

Growth Habit: Tree, Shrub

Height: 5

Height: 15

Height: 15

Height: 15

Stems & Roots

Root Type: Taproot

Flower Color: Red, White/Cream

Distribution

Native from British Columbia to northern California, with the greatest concentration in Washington and Oregon. USDA lists Alaska as having vine maple natively, but very few observations and herbarium collections support this. iNaturalist has a lower-Alaska record near Ketchikan. A search of the PNW Herbarium consortium, shows no Alaskan records.

acer circinatum usda map
USDA Plants shows vine maple is native from Alaska to California.
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iNaturalist shows observations from southern British Columbia to northern California, as well as global observations of vine maple used as an ornamental.

In Research

  • The impact of vine maple on site fertility of coastal temperate forests

Print Resources

  • Corns, W. G. 1957. Some factors affecting the germination of the seed of Vine Maple (Acer circinatum). Forestry Abstracts. 20: 546.
  • Hitchcock CL, Cronquist A. Flora of the pacific northwest: An illustrated manual. 2nd ed. Giblin DE, Legler BS, Zika PF, Olmstead RG, editors. Washington, D.C., DC: University of Washington Press; 2018.
  • Hitchcock, C. Leo; Cronquist, Arthur. 1961. Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest. Part 3: Saxifragaceae to Ericaceae. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 614 p.
  • Pojar J, MacKinnon A. Plants of the pacific northwest coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing; 2016.
  • Moerman DE. Native American Medicinal Plants. Portland, OR: Timber Press; 2009.

Videos

In Art

Acer circinatum 183 drawing

Vine maple

No artist was credited, so it may have been George Bishop Sudworth.

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Vine maple

Charles Edward Faxon

acer circinatum 1908

Vine maple

No artist was credited, so it may have been George Bishop Sudworth.

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