|Native to western North America and very common in the Maritime Northwest as an under story tree that grows below other much taller forest tree and conifers. A very colorful small multi-stemmed shrub or small tree growing to about only 15-20 ft. New growth in the spring has a reddish tinge, followed by small flower clusters. Large, broad leaves are up to 6" wide. Inconspicuous red flowers resemble columbines and provide nectar for beneficial insects, butterflies and bees. Seeds, buds and flowers attract wildlife. Makes a great nesting site for birds. Paired winged seed pods (called samaras) in summer look like red bow ties. Bright yellow to orange-red and glows in sunlight in autumn. Great for erosion control. Vine Maple is similar looking to a Japanese Fullmoon Maple and can be used to similar affect in Japanese themed gardens. Dried wood is very hard, used by tool makers and traditionally used by Native Americans for tools and basket weaving. Tolerant of shade or sun. Hardy to -25° F. Zone 5-9.