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Time 10:20 am, Temp 63.9° F, Dew Pt 55.1° F, Barometer 30.07 in, Wind SSW 4 mph, Humidity 73%

Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)

Our native Vine Maples (Acer circinatum) can produce a spectacular color display in the fall.  These are very nice small scale trees for the naturalized or woodland landscape.  They fill the same garden niche as Japanese Maples or Full Moon Maples.  In full shade, they will take on their "viney" nature.  In the sun, they will become symmetrical trees or shrubs, depending on how they are pruned.  Young spring leaves appearing on new growth give us a hint to what is in store for the fall.  We are told that the reds, oranges and yellows are the true colors of deciduous leaves.  These colors are masked by chlorophyll which the tree quits producing as fall arrives.  As they mature in a few days, and chlorophyll production kicks in, these new leaves will become a velvety apple green color.