3 comments on “Wordless Wednesday #10

  1. ml says:

    Do you think vine maples will grow in Calif – bkfd specifically? Love the colors.

    • Brenda says:

      I did some research on vine maples and here is what I found:

      The Vine Maple (Circinatum) is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub or vine. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Vine Maple (Circinatum) has green foliage and inconspicuous green flowers, with a moderate amount of conspicuous brown fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Vine Maple (Circinatum) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Vine Maple (Circinatum) will reach up to 20 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 15 feet.

      The Vine Maple (Circinatum) is not commonly available from nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -13°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

      General Characteristics
      General: Maple Family (Aceraceae). Vine maple is a native, deciduous shrub or small tree that ranges between ten to twenty feet. The leaves are round to cordate, usually seven to nine centimeters long, pointed, and double toothed. The flowers are white petals in small loose clusters emerging with the leaves. The bark is thin, smooth, and greenish becoming bright reddish brown.

      Required Growing Conditions
      Acer circinatum occurs in the Pacific Northwest ranging from the Cascade Mountains to southern British Columbia to northern California.

      Adaptation Vine maple occurs most frequently on moist soils along the banks of streams and wet sites. It commonly occurs with Douglas fir, Pacific dogwood, big leaf maple, and western hemlock. This species prefers shady areas but can tolerate the sun. It sometimes grows in clumps or patches (Farrar 1995).

      General Upkeep and Control
      Constant pruning is needed to avoid long internodes. Watering may be reduced in the winter but the soil should be kept evenly moist.

      Seems like they would need a LOT (for Bakersfield) of water. We certainly have plenty – we could dig a couple of small ones out and bring them the next time we drive to CA.

  2. Nick Dude says:

    The young Palmer’s are making the trek to California for Christmas… We deliver…
    On a side note, I passed the written and physical tests for the Washington State Patrol and have an interview on Friday… I improved my physical test scores, and have no idea if I improved the written portion because of confidentiality reasons, so round two here I come!
    – The Nick Dude

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