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Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

(Maple, Full Moon)

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'Aconitifolium' is a dwarf, mounded, deciduous multi-stemmed shrub or small tree which typically grows slowly to 8-10' tall. Features palmate, almost fern-like medium green leaves which are deeply divided into 9-11 toothed and cut lobes. Leaves turn crimson in fall. Small reddish flowers appear in spring before the leaves and give way to samaras which ripen in late summer to early fall. As with many maples, the flowers are rather attractive close up, but are not particularly showy from a distance. Cultivar name translates as "foliage of aconitum" in reference to the supposed resemblance of the divided leaves to those of monkshood. This cultivar is also sometimes called fernleaf fullmoon maple.


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers lightly dappled shade. Leaves may scorch in full sun in hot southern summers. Plants prefer cool summer conditions. Site in locations protected from strong winds. Stake trunk for more erect growth or leave alone for spreading effect.

Additional Information

Common Name Maple, Full Moon
Botanical Name Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Container/Amount 15 gallon
Plant Category Tree
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
Hardiness Zone 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
Height 8 to 10 ft.
Width to 10 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period Spring
Flower Color purplish-red
Fragrance No
Foliage Color green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant No

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