Native Region: Japan
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining acidic soils
Harvest Date: Wednesday 14 November, 2012
Seed count: 12-15
A tri-foliate maple. Foliage in spring is soft pink when it unfurls, becomes a lovely mid green in summer, and in the fall becomes orange or yellow depending on sun exposure.
Two common names are given as debate continues. Vine Maple (A. circinatum) should not be confused with Vine-leaf maple.
Seed will be cold stratified for prompt germination in spring. You just have to continue the process upon receiving for ultimate growing happiness (as with all Acer genus members). Either sown in a nursery pot or in moist peat in a resealable baggie, it will germinate in cool temps so check often. Do not let seed freeze as this can delay germination or cause mortality to half germinated sproutlings. If baggie sown, check often, prick out seedlings. Give strong indirect light. New growth can be pink, so don't be alarmed. I use 1-2 gallon nursery containers to grow on for 1-2 years (depending on vigour) before either giving each plant their own pot or planting out in the arboretum. Protect from nibbling deer.