Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'
Common name: Red-bark vine maple
Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire', a cultivated variety of our native vine maple has a graceful, upright branching habit. It can grow to about three and a half metres (ten to twelve feet) tall, and is suitable for a smaller landscape. A. circinatum 'Pacific Fire' has lovely leaves similar to those of Japanese maple. In spring the foliage is yellow-green, but by fall it turns to shades of yellow and orange. It has showy red stems and branches that fade to an orange-red on older branches.
A. circinatum 'Pacific Fire' was found among a group of seedlings and was noticed for its brilliant red twigs. It is reminiscent of Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' (coral bark maple).
Text by Kumi Sutcliffe