Fullmoon Maple

Acer japonicum | Also known as: Downy Japanese Maple, Acer shirasawanum | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Fullmoon Maple: don't plant this in the garden if you have lycanthropic tendencies.

Acer japonicum is also known as Fullmoon Maple or Downy Japanese Maple. Native to Japan, this ornamental tree grows to around ten metres in height. When young the bark is smooth, with age it becomes rougher. It has large lobed leaves with a highly toothed edge, giving a feathery or ferny look. They turn a stunning red colour in the autumn. The flowers are small, purple in colour, and they hang in clusters from the branches. It will grow best in acidic or neutral soil, and it will grow in full sun or partial shade, but you'll get the most showy display of autumn leaf colour in partial shade.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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