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Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' (Golden Full Moon Maple)

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' Photo/Illustration: Bill Johnson

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' AY-sir sheer-ah-sah-WAHN-um Common Name: Golden Full Moon Maple 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.  
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.;15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.;15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade;Part Shade Only
Characteristics Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Foliage, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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