Golden Full Moon Maple

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Golden Full Moon Maple (Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum')
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Genus:  Acer
If your shade garden needs a focal point, consider this small, rounded Japanese maple, with its lime-to-chartreuse-tinged golden leaves. In fall, its leaves turn orange and red, just like those of a sugar maple. This variety, like other small Japanese maples, needs shade and protection from sun and drying winds to keep the foliage from curling and turning brown at the edges. -Michael Ruggiero, Regional Picks: Mid-Atlantic, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good fall color.
Care:  Moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  From cuttings.
Problems:  Scale insects, caterpillars, aphids, leaf spot, root rot.  

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Characteristics
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Foliage,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Trees

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