Plant Care California Mountain Maple

California Mountain Maple

About California Mountain Maple

California Mountain Maple is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

California Mountain Maple likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

California Mountain Maple belongs to the Acer genus, and is native to Western North America.


Acer glabrum

Also known as

Douglas' maple, New Mexico maple, Rocky Mountain maple, Sierra maple, dwarf maple, mountain maple and western mountain maple

How to care for California Mountain Maple


How often to water your California Mountain Maple

Water needs for California Mountain Maple
0.5 cups
every 9

California Mountain Maple needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for California Mountain Maple in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

36% Very Low

Growing California Mountain Maple in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant California Mountain Maple in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 29th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant California Mountain Maple in Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight will increase by 24.6% ☀️

January 24th, 2023

Memphis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to increase by 24.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.6 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant California Mountain Maple in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 29th, 2023

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 6.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for California Mountain Maple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Mountain Maple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Mountain Maple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.

California Mountain Maple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize California Mountain Maple

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Mountain Maple: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Mountain Maple after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

California Mountain Maple is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for California Mountain Maple

California Mountain Maple

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Memphis, Tennessee, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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