Full-moon maple

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Full-moon maple - Acer japonicum  'Aconitifolium'

Common Name: Full-moon maple
Genus: Acer
Species: japonicum
Cultivar: 'Aconitifolium'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: A good architectural plant, Has colourful autumn foliage
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 6.00 m (600 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, RedFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

An elegant maple that is one of the best for autumn colour. It can be grown as a small spreading tree or multi-stemmed shrub and is brilliant for adding achitectural interest. Before the leaves emerge in spring it produces small clusters of purple-red flowers which are quite pretty up close but don't make much of an impact from a distance. The mid green deeply cut foliage has a fern-like appearance and will turn spectacular shades of red and orange in autumn - especially when grown in partial shade. A super plant that has been awarded the coveted Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Garden Care: Add a top-dressing of organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. As the leaves may scorch in full sun on a summers day try to plant it so it gets some protection during the hottest part of the day and shelter from cold winds.


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