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Fernleaf Full Moon Maple

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

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Fernleaf Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple foliage

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple in fall

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Fearn Leaf Maple, Cutleaf Maple

Description:

An incredible small accent tree with a very shapely and compact growth habit and finely cut leaves which turn an amazing crimson color in fall; one of the most refined and delicate ornamentals available for the home landscape

Ornamental Features

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple has green foliage throughout the season. The deeply cut lobed palmate leaves turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple is an open multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features


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