Full-moon maple Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' Photo/Illustration: Melissa Lucas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Related Plants to Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Climbing large-flowered rose Rosa 'Mermaid' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Dwarf Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Nugget' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Tiger eyes sumac Rhus typhina 'Tigereye Bailtiger' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cut-leaf lilac Syringa × laciniata View the discussion thread.