Acer circinatum (Vine Maple)
Native: West North America
Location: Growing on stream banks on British Columbia coasts southwards to Sacramento River, California. The tree is becoming popular in small gardens in Europe.
The wood is heavy and close-grained and was once used by the Indians of the northwest for making fishing net frames. Has a stout trunk but in its naive state is usually prostrate and bushy with branches rooting where they touch the ground.
Leaves are bright red and orange in the autumn with seven or nine lobes.
Flowers are unusually bright for a maple and have male and female parts in separate flowers in the same cluster.
Keys have wings 3.7cm long and are bright red with young.