Answer: The range of the Vine Maple extends from the southern part of British Columbia, south to the Sacramento River in California. It typically grows as a forest understory and therefore will grow quite well in the shade - or in partially shady areas. The natural growth habit is shrubby so while you can prune it, it will still grow into an informal and bushy tree. If you love the look and fall color of maples, an alternative might be Liquidambar. You'll get the same maple leaf look and traditional fall colors but this tree is pyramidal in shape with well spaced branches and it grows best in full sunshine.
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