Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
The graceful vine maple is stunning each fall as its leaves turn to sunset colors of red and gold. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds collect the vine maple’s flower nectar and songbirds dine on the seeds, buds and flowers and nest in its forked branches. Indigenous Peoples named the vine maple “basket tree” as the stems were perfect for making baskets and the tree’s branches for building cradle swings. The wood from the tree can be used to make snowshoes and cradle frames and even spoons and dishes.