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Little Gem Japanese Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Little Gem'

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Little Gem Japanese Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Little Gem'

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Special Features
Zone Map
Deer Resistant
Dwarf Variety
Fall Color

Botanical Name

Acer circinatum 'Little Gem'

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


Mature Width


Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

The Little Gem Vine Maple is a wonderful miniature maple tree, growing just 3 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide, in time. It has tiny but perfectly formed miniature leaves resembling Japanese maple, but this tree is much easier to grow, and the foliage doesn’t dry and shrivel in summer. The tiny leaves begin burgundy in spring, turning to a beautiful mid-green for the summer. Then in fall they explode into golds, oranges and reds. This rounded plant is ideal for specimens, in beds, rock gardens or Asian gardens, and it grows beautifully in pots and planters, making an instant bonsai tree with no special care needed at all.

  • Perfect miniature maple tree, dwarf in all its parts
  • Tiny one-inch rounded leaves with 5 maple lobes
  • Burgundy spring leaves turn mid-green for summer
  • Rich gold, orange and red fall coloring
  • Garden specimen or potted tree

Grow the Little Gem Vine Maple in light conditions from full sun to light full shade. It will color best in fall in full sun, but otherwise grow happily in more shaded conditions. This tough little plant grows in most soils, with some drought tolerance, as well as growing in wetter, but not flooded, soils. It is normally pest free and it needs no trimming to maintain its beautiful rounded form and miniature leaves. A real treasure and something rare but easy to grow that can be grown in any garden.