Fernleaf Full-Moon Maple

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Graceful, rounded, small tree with spectacular, deeply cut, dark green leaves that turn a rich ruby-crimson color in autumn. Thrives in climates with moderate to cool summers. An outstanding understory accent for a woodland garden or any dappled shade setting, especially effective in fall. Deciduous.
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5 - 7

Your climate may be too warm for this plant: 8


Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationAY-ser juh-PON-ih-kum a-kon-eye-tee-FOH-lee-um
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Provide average, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures in extremely hot climates. Mulch to keep root surface cool. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 7

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

Your climate may be too warm for this plant