Shade Grade: TBD
This variant supposedly needs more sun than the species - we'll see how it does!
Vine Maple ‘Pacific Fire’
Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'
- Shade Grade
- Light Requirement
- Part Shade
- Behind Garage
Medium growing upright deciduous tree. H: 12 - 15 feet W: 8 - 10 feet Hardy to -10 F.
05/2018: Planted behind garage beside man door landing.
The Pacific Fire Vine Maple is a variant of our native Vine Maple, a tree you can find growing all over the Western Cascades. This cultivar looks pretty similar to its parent except for the fiery red color gracing its new-growth branches. The Vine Maple’s habit and leaf form are similar to the graceful Japanese Maple, but its overall look is more relaxed, sporting shrubby growth with multiple trunks. I debated buying the tried and true species for its more amenable light requirements, but opted for this fancy one instead. Fun fact – Pacific Fire is grown on Japanese maple root stock, though I still haven’t sussed out why that is.