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Vine Maple

Acer circinatum

Under Power Lines:
Yes—this tree is approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 8 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit. Avoid planting in full sun.

Description:
A lush, multi-stemmed native maple species, this deciduous tree provides a variety of color and interest throughout the year. Great for ornamental planting or as a screen in yards, the leaves open red in the spring and turn a pale, bright green when fully formed.  Crimson red, winged fruit and brilliant fall color round out this tree’s seasonal value.

Mature Height:
15 feet

Mature Spread:
20 feet

Leaves:
Palm shaped leaves which open reddish and turn pale green.

Flowers:
Small, dull white, flowers hang downward off of branches and twigs.

Fruit:
Double-winged seed which hangs downward resembles a helicopter propeller when falling to the ground.

Cultural Notes:
Grows in full shade to partial sun, but will not thrive in full sun. Prefers moist areas.

Potential Problems:
Quite hardy, does not often suffer from disease. Leaves can burn if exposed to full afternoon sun without sufficient water.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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