Published by Daniel Mosquin on October 18, 2011
Family / Families: Sapindaceae Scientific Name(s): Acer circinatum Pursh
Location(s): near Suttle Lake, Oregon, USA Mapped Location: via Google Maps Entry Author(s): Daniel Mosquin
Copyright Holder(s): Daniel Mosquin
Image License: Creative Commons License Tags: Oregon, Photo by Daniel, Sapindaceae, Sapindales, USA
Just the photographs of a favourite subject today, as I continue to attempt to catch up.
Vine maple previously on Botany Photo of the Day:
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Glorious, and being able to compare immediately to previous years added to the feast. Interesting that the leaves on the three young vine maples in my garden in Vancouver are still bright green. Thank you, Daniel. Ann
Daniel: thanks so much! “Vine maple” is truly one of the wonders of a Northwestern autumn. Interestingly, most of the vine maples I’ve seen in the lowlands around Seattle don’t turn the brilliant reds that they do up in the Cascades. Yellows and yellow-orange blends seem to be the norm. However, there’s one right by the 196th St on-ramp to I-405 in Bothell that is a brilliant red against the background of western redcedars. Makes me smile every time I pass by.
The maple wears a gayer scarf
The field a scarlet gown
Lest i should be old fashioned
I’ll go put a trinket on. emily dickinson american poet
i live in florida fall is more gentle here but my memories are of the
north where i was born and the glory of the fall
thank you daniel
…I drove for a rural public school bus in New Hampshire…1976..dirt roads…and the trees at the canopy made a tunnel through them…miles and miles of maple…every day a breathtaking change of color…unbelievable..
Steven, you make me want to go for a drive from Ballard just to see your tree:). With all the specialty maples out there, I still love this one for the size that keeps it at a height we can appreciate up close.
The vine maple of the western U.S. appears to be more closely related to the Japanese maple species planted here in the East as ornamentals than to the native “hard” and “soft” maples which grow here. Am I right on this?
John, yes — maples are grouped into sections and series, and Acer circinatum and the collective “Japanese maples” are all part of Section Palmata and Series Palmata.
GLORIOUS! I want one
Ah, the beauty of autumn leaves. Thanks!
Just beautiful, and a sight for sore eyes. Not much color here in southern New England. Salt damage from Hurricane Irene and warm wet weather have made the fall color so far mostly dull greenish brown.
What an amazing photo display! Thanks from someone in California, where contrary to popular opinion, we do have beautiful fall color from grapevines, Chinese Pistach, Japanese maples, but we don’t have the intense color shown in your photographs.
Ahhh Phillip, how wonderful you got a rural route for your bus! I live in Vermont and although the wet spring has washed out much colour, the maples still make the “tunnel” its a beautiful glowing tunnel of colour along the dirt roads. You can cruise along past the vinyards (yes vermont has vinyards) and the grape leaves are so brilliant red against the grey sky and green meadows,what a lovely world we live in.
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