Pacific Fire Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'

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Pacific Fire Vine Maple (Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire') at Weston Nurseries

Pacific Fire Vine Maple foliage

Pacific Fire Vine Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Pacific Fire Vine Maple (Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire') at Weston Nurseries

Pacific Fire Vine Maple stems

Pacific Fire Vine Maple stems

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A vigorous small ornamental shrubby tree with beautiful coral stems in winter; rich green leaves in summer turn sunny yellow in fall; best with some shelter, needs moist soil, water more if grown in full sun

Ornamental Features

Pacific Fire Vine Maple has attractive light green deciduous foliage on a plant with an oval habit of growth. The lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Pacific Fire Vine Maple is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pacific Fire Vine Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pacific Fire Vine Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features