- RHS: Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun / Partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Flowering Period: April – May
- Rate of Growth: Slow
- Hardiness: Fully Hardy
- Eventual Height:5 m
- Eventual Spread: 5 m
Acer japonicum Aconitifolium, often called the Full Moon Maple is an attractive, hardy, deciduous small tree or multi-stemmed large shrub, of rounded, bushy habit. Its deeply dissected leaves are bright green in the Spring changing to beautiful shades of red and orange, tinged purple and yellow in the Autumn. Small red flowers are produced in Spring beneath the shoots before the leaves appear, followed by its winged fruits.
Looking After Your Acer Aconitifolium
Generally pest free, although you may need to watch out for aphids and caterpillars, an easy to grow small ornamental tree or large shrub and suitable in many if not all locations. A low maintenance hardy plant which can benefit from dappled shade as the harshest of sun can cause some leaf burning, a fertile, moist and well drained soil is prefered. In Spring apply a good layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help keep the soil moist during the Summer months, at the same time giving a good feed of a general purpose fertilizer to promote new growth in the coming season. Pruning if any required should only be done during the dormant season as Acers do tend to bleed sap when actively growing.