Full-moon maple

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Photo/Illustration: 
Melissa Lucas
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Full-moon maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium')
AY-sir jah-PON-ih-kum
Synonyms:  'Filicifolium'
Genus:  Acer
Full-moon maple has deeply lobed leaves, crimson autumn color, and plenty of small, reddish flowers in spring. It can be grown as a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. Its growth habit is mounded, bushy, and spreading. The cultivar name 'Aconitifolium' refers to the fact that its ferny foliage resembles that of monkshood ( Aconitum ). This beautiful tree makes a great specimen plant and is very hardy.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good fall color; deeply lobed leaves; free-flowering.
Care:  Average, well-drained soil in part shade (leaves may burn in full sun). Protect from strong winds. Stake for more upright growth, or leave alone to create a cascade of foliage. Prune only from late autumn to mid-winter.
Propagation:  Graft in late winter; bud in late summer. Sow seed in situ or in containers outdoors as soon as ripe.
Problems:  Maples are prone to aphids, scale insects, and caterpillars; Verticillium wilt, tar spot, and various fungal leaf spots and roots are common. Branch cankers and heart and wood rots also occur.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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