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vine maple, Acer circinatum(noun)
small maple of northwestern North America having prostrate stems that root freely and form dense thickets
A relatively small maple, Acer circinatum, found in western North America, resembling the Japanese maple, often grown as an ornamental.
Origin: From the spreading, twisting growth habit of its branches.
Acer circinatum is a species of maple native to western North America, from southwest British Columbia to northern California, usually within 300 kilometres of the Pacific Ocean coast, found along the Columbia Gorge and Coastal Forest. It belongs to the Palmatum group of maple trees native to East Asia with its closest relatives being the Acer japonicum and Acer pseudosieboldianum. It can be difficult to distinguish from these species in cultivation. It is the only member of the Palmatum group that resides outside of Asia. It most commonly grows as a large shrub growing to around 5 to 8 metres tall, but it will occasionally form a small to medium-sized tree, exceptionally to 18 metres tall. The shoots are slender and hairless. It typically grows in the understory below much taller forest trees, but can sometimes be found in open ground, and occurs at altitudes from sea level up to 1,500 metres. The leaves are opposite, and palmately lobed with 7 to 11 lobes, almost circular in outline, 3 to 14 centimetres long and broad, and thinly hairy on the underside; the lobes are pointed and with coarsely toothed margins. The leaves turn bright yellow to orange-red in fall.
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