Plant DetailShow Menu

Vineleaf Maple Acer cissifolium

Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser siss-ih-FOH-lee-um
Description

Acer cissifolium commonly called ivy-leaved maple, is native to mountainous areas of Japan. It is a small, deciduous tree that typically grows to 20-30’ tall. Initial growth is upright oval, but with age may become distincly mushroom-like with wide-spreading, globose form.  It has gray bark and dislikes summer heat.

Site: Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Form: Upright, oval in youth but broad spreading with age.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#partial shade#tree#maple#samaras#red leaves#yellow leaves#fall interest
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#partial shade#tree#maple#samaras#red leaves#yellow leaves#fall interest
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    cissifolium
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Oval
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Small fragrant yellow flowers bloom in pendant racemes (to 4” long) in spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 1.5 to 3 in., opposite, and trifoliate. They are olive green in summer and have a modest yellow, red fall color. 1 1/2" -3" long leaflet, obovate or ovate to elliptic, long acuminate, cuneate, medium green above, glabrous, whitish tufts in axils of veins below, Zelkova-like serrations.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth gray bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Hairy
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Slender, pubescent, reddish purple in first year turning to a gray brown in the second year. Buds are terminal: reddish-purple 3/16" long, valvate, pubescent, lower part of bud glabrous. laterals: similar, 1/2 as long, appressed.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Shade Tree
    Street Tree