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Golden Full Moon Maple

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

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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 CharacteristicsGood fall color.

CareMoist, well-drained soil.

PropagationFrom cuttings.

ProblemsScale insects, caterpillars, aphids, leaf spot, root rot.  

  • Genus : Acer
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Type : Trees
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