Vine Maple

Vine maple (Acer circinatum) is a fast-growing shrub or scraggly tree found in deeply shaded, wet canyons. This specimen was growing in the gorge below Burney Falls (Shasta County CA). The fruit is a double-winged samara that “helicopters” to the forest floor when mature. A vine maple samara is widely-spreading with the base almost in a straight line. Because the dense, hard wood of vine maple is flexible when fresh, it was formerly used for showshoe frames, drum hoops and the support for scoop fishing nets.

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