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Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple

Scientific name: Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:6 to 8
Sun:Partial shade
Plant Characteristics
Height:10 ft
Width:10 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Bloom Time:April
Bloom Color:Purple
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple is best known for its spectacular fall foliage which combines shades of red and orange, with sprinkles of purple and yellow, to create a most interesting addition to the shade garden.

This broadleaf deciduous tree typically grows to a height of 10’ with an equal spread forming a rounded, bushy habit. It bears simple leaves which are arranged in a opposite fashion. Leaves are star-shaped, 3”-6” across, with 9-11 lobes separated by deep cuts. The cuts extend to with one-half an inch of the leaf petiole. Each lobe is divided as well with toothed leaf margins.

Branches can droop over time requiring corrective pruning to allow access near the base of the tree.

Fruit, known as samaras, are 1” long with two wings set somewhere between 90 and 180 degrees from each other.

Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple does best in partial shade. Under full sun conditions the leaves will burn. While it is typically grown as a specimen plant it could be used in a container on a deck or patio.

This Maple is susceptible to Verticillium wilt. Avoid planting this tree on poorly drained ground.
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