A lovely, shade-liking
maple, unique to the Pacific northwest.
Unlike most maples, Vine Maple typically
grows as a shrub with several branches
extending from a common base (as opposed
to a true “trunk” which defines
a tree). Vine Maples have palmate leaves
and a growth structure similar to some
Japanese Maple. They have small, yet beautiful
flowers (yes, they flower!) that mature
to a typical wing-shaped seed. Vine Maple
leaves, particularly when exposed to sun,
produce remarkable red, yellow and orange
fall colors. They are a gem of a tree
for our small urban, suburban lots.
in 20 years. Several branches from a
common base; only rarely do they have
a trunk. Slightly more upright than
spreading. A moderate grower that has
a more dense structure when in a sunny
the wild, often an under canopy plant
growing in the shade or on the forest
edge. Occasionally, in full sun, but this
is usually after a clear cut or fire.
Average to moist soil. Prefers a good
layer of duff (leaves, needles, clippings).
Where to plant
spot in your yard with full-day or partial-day
shade. Think the north or east or west
sides of your house, or under or around
a larger tree or other shade producing
Once your Vine Maple(s) is/are planted,
then consider planting any of the low
forest shrubs, ferns and perennials along
Did you know?
Maples are closely related to Japanese
• Vine Maples are unique to the Pacific