Vine Maple A-ser sir-SIN-a-tum
- Broadleaf deciduous tree or large shrub, 10-20 ft (3-6 m) tall, multistemmed, shrubby, spreading,
sprawling and vine-like in forest shade but bushy and dense in sun. Leaves opposite, simple,
almost circular in outline, 6-12 cm across, heart-shaped at base, (5)7 to 9(11) lobed, lobes unequal or
doubly toothed. In sun develops red, orange, and yellow fall colors. Flowers in clusters
of 3-6, perfect or staminate (male), long stalk, sepals deep red, petals greenish white, 6-10 stamens.
Fruits 4 cm long, wings horizontally spread, deep red at maturity.
- Sun or deep shade. Prefers moist, shady situations, but tolerates sun.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (4) 5 Found in moist woods and along stream banks from
British Columbia south to northern California. Considered to be the most useful native tree for
the landscape in the Pacific Northwest. Grant and Grant (1990) point out that it has an upright
character in sunny locations and "in shade developing an ethereal horizontal grace that few maples achieve".
Unfortunately when heavily pruned, much of the "ethereal horizontal grace"
- A few cultivars are offered, including:
- circinatum: rounded or circular, referring to outline of leaf shape
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north of Cordley (shade) and in parking lot behind Cordley (sun).