close-up view of the vine maple showing the distinctive 7-point
leaves and tiny winged seeds that make the tree distinctive.
Vine maple grows in many forest types in the West, and draws
its name from the rambling, vine-like form the tree adopts as
part of the forest understory. In open areas, the tree grows
as a dense, multi-trunked upright tree. Vine maple is prized
as a cultivated species for its unique growth habit and brilliant
red fall color.