Pacific Fire Vine Maple

Botanical Name: Acer circinatum ‘Pacific Fire’

Acer circinatum ‘Pacific Fire’ or Pacific Fire Vine Maple was selected for its bright red twigs that fade to glowing orange. These bright colors are more pronounced in younger trees but can also be seen in older trees, with bright red branch tips fading to orange as it progresses down the tree. This provides the tree with radiant bright fall and winter color. The fall color lasts for the season, providing a beautiful display.

Acer circinatum ‘Pacific Fire’ also provides beautiful foliage color in the fall. Its leaves change from light green or pale yellow. depending upon exposure in spring and summer, to various shades of bright yellow, burnt orange, red, and burgundy. These trees will provide a seasonal display that will not disappoint.

This cultivar often only reaches 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide, making it a perfect specimen for a smaller landscape. It has many of the great features of Japanese Maples, such as colorful twigs and fall color, but is much more adaptable and easier to grow. The Pacific Fire Vine Maple can be planted as an understory tree beneath larger maples and conifers to create a beautiful Pacific Northwest landscape.

Height: 12-18 ft.

Width: 8-15 ft.

Shape: Graceful, Upright branching habit

Flower Color: Deep Red

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Yellow/Orange/Red

Features: Soft green leaves and attractive upright branching, bright red/orange twigs in fall/winter, fall color

Exposure: Full Sun, Light/Dappled Shade (Partial Shade in hotter areas)

Watering: Medium/Moderate & Regular (not as drought tolerant as the species Vine Maple)

Soil: Grows well in a wide range of soils, but prefers well-drained

Growth Rate: Moderate, 12-18 in. a year

USDA Zones: 5-9

Uses: Woodland gardens, screen, specimen, mass plantings, firescaping, understory

Similar Trees: Acer circinatum (Vine Maple), Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Maple)

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