Pacific Fire Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'

5 Reviews

Pacific Fire Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'

5 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Pacific Fire Vine Maple is a spectacular red-twigged dwarf tree that glows all winter, bringing brilliance and light into your garden during the quietest time of year. It grows into a small tree perhaps 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide, and the twigs and branches are colored brilliant red – the brightest twigs of all of the red-twigged winter plants. The beautiful leaves are rounded, but divided into many deep lobes, resembling its relatives the Japanese maples. But this tree is much easier to grow, and much more resistant to summer dryness. So if you love Japanese maples, but have had trouble growing them well, then the Pacific Fire Vine Maple is the tree to grow – just as beautiful, but less effort. This tree will thrive in any garden, from the chilly areas in zone 5 to the warm winters of zone 9.

  • Brilliant red winter twigs and branches
  • Vibrant fall colors of yellow, orange and red
  • Perfect small tree only 10 feet tall
  • Ideal specimen for smaller gardens and shady corners
  • Easier to grow than Japanese maples, but just as beautiful

Your Pacific Fire Vine Maple will thrive in full sun or partial shade, enjoying some afternoon shade in hot regions of the country. It will grow well in any garden soil and is free of pests or diseases. You do not even need to prune it to enjoy the brilliant red color – every branch and stem of the tree blazes with red all winter long. In fall the leaves turn into a bonfire of yellow, orange and red tones, before falling to reveal the beautiful red bark. For lovers of winter color in the garden, this tree is the perfect choice.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
Mature Width 6
Mature Height 8-10
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-9

Many people love Japanese Maples, but if you live in a warmer, drier area they can be difficult to grow well, so the Pacific Fire Vine Maple is the perfect choice for any gardener who has had that problem. This beautiful small tree has lovely leaves a little like those of the Japanese maple, with spectacular fall coloring. The most special feature of everything it has to offer are its beautiful bright red winter twigs that bring spectacular color to the winter garden, wherever you live. It forms a beautiful small tree, growing steadily to around 10 feet tall, and is much easier to grow than many Japanese maples, since it is happy to grow in drier summer conditions, as long as it gets plenty of water in winter and spring. In fact the fall color will be best following a dry summer.

We have a good supply of first-quality specimens of this tree, but our stocks can be limited, as production is a detailed and highly-skilled process, so order now while stocks last and enjoy this great easy-to-grow alternative to Japanese maples. Avoid disappointment and place your order right away.

Growing Pacific Fire Vine Maple Trees

The Pacific Fire Vine Maple grows at a moderate rate into a tree up to 10 feet tall and around 8 feet wide. It has a broad, upright habit, with attractive branching patterns. Its biggest feature is the beautiful stems in winter, which are even brighter than the well-known Red Twig Dogwood. Even better, the color is not just in younger branches, but all the way to the ground. Older branches are more orange than red, but nevertheless the whole tree is ablaze with color all through the dark winter months.

The foliage is also beautiful, with leaves that open a glowing lime-green in spring, become a stronger green in summer, but then in fall explode into shades of yellow, orange and brilliant red. As the leaves fall the spectacular twig color is exposed, so one great feature just naturally shifts into another without a break. Even in summer, as the twigs color, they can be seen between the leaves, adding more interest.

Planting Location

Plant your Pacific Fire Vine Maple in a sunny or partially shaded location. In cooler regions it will grow in full sun all day, but in warmer areas it is best to provide afternoon shade during the hottest months. This tree is more drought resistant than other Japanese Maples, and the leaves will not burn and brown in a dry summer. It is also a tougher plant than its Japanese relatives, growing well in most garden soils and competing well with the roots of larger trees growing nearby.

Pests and Diseases

It has no significant pests or diseases and will grow steadily in almost any garden situation. Unlike other red-twigged plants, which need regular hard pruning to keep them brightly colored, the Pacific Fire Vine Maple needs no pruning, unless you want to shape it a little, as the red winter color is persistent on all the branches and even on the trunk of this amazing tree.

History and Origins of the Pacific Fire Vine Maple

The Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) is an American native tree that grows wild from southern British Columbia to northern California. Although its grows only in North America, its closest maple relatives are not our Sugar Maple or Red Maple, but the Japanese Maples and Korean Maples that grow all the way across the Pacific Ocean. Its closest relative is the Autumn Moon Maple, another beautiful maple tree that we have available for you at the Tree Center.

In its natural locations it grows under larger trees into a big shrub or tree 20 to even 60 feet tall. The leaves are almost circular in outline, but divided into broad, finger-like lobes, between 7 and 11 on each leaf. They are similar to those of the Japanese maples, but not so finely divided, so they do not dry out in summer as Japanese Maple leaves can do.

The Pacific Fire Vine Maple is a special, selected dwarf form of the Vine Maple, which was found among a group of seedlings and noticed for its brilliant red winter twigs. It will only grow to about 10 feet tall, so it is an ideal tree for a courtyard or smaller garden, or even as a specimen in a large pot, where it will thrive for years. By growing it in a pot you can enjoy those fiery twigs brightening the winter even if you have no garden at all. Because this is a special, selected form, it can only be grown by taking stems from the best specimens and joining them to the roots of seedling trees. This tree is nothing like the wild Vine Maple, so beware of cheaper seedlings that are not labeled ‘Pacific Fire’.

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Pacific Fire Vine Maple

Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'

5 Reviews