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Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' (Full-moon maple, Fernleaf full-moon maple)

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' Photo/Illustration: Melissa Lucas

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' AY-sir jah-PON-ih-kum Common Name: Full-moon maple, Fernleaf full-moon maple Synonyms: 'Filicifolium', 'Laciniatum' 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs,Trees

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