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Acer japonicum

Common Name(s):
Fullmoon maple
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Acer japonicum, has rounded leaves look much like a  full moon, hence the common name. It is a deciduous, spreading, small tree or large shrub with smooth, gray bark that grows up to 20-30’ tall. It often grows in a multi-trunked form. It is native to mountainous areas of Japan, Manchuria, and Korea.  Leaves turn yellow and red in fall.  Small purplish-red flowers in pendulous corymbs appear in early spring (April) before the leaves.

Height:
20-30 ft.
Flower:
White and maroon flowers on long stalks in April; colors maroon red in fall. Flowers are followed by winged 1" samaras which ripen in late summer to early fall.
Zones:
5-7
Habit:
Multi-trunked
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but is adaptable
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Upright; multibranching; sturdy, stiff twigs; rounded top
Width:
20-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
Rounded, palmate (looks fern-line) opposite, 3-6" medium green leaves with 7 to 11 acuminate, toothed and cut, ovate to lance-shaped lobes
Tags:
deciduous, fall foliage, fall color, japanese maple, red, tree, maple, fall colors

NCCES plant id: 1881

Acer japonicum Acer japonicum tree in fall
Brent Miller, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Acer japonicum Acer japonicum green leaves
Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Acer japonicum Acer japonicum flowers
peganum, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Acer japonicum Acer japonicum fall leaves
petrOlly, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Acer japonicum Acer japonicum samaras
Wendy Cutler, CC BY - 2.0