Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’

golden full moon maple

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Outstanding Qualities

Golden full moon maple is a choice and sought after small tree which is perfect for the smaller garden. In spring the buds open to reveal intensely bright lemon yellow foliage, dazzling during the often gray days of spring. As the leaves mature they will soften to chartreuse in early summer. Bright red samaras (helicopter-like seeds) are prominently nestled in the foliage and will remain colorful well into summer. In autumn, the tree is dotted in tones of orange and red. The slow growth and unique framework of the golden full moon maple makes this an excellent choice for containers.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: light shade to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring and autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group, Campanula portenschlagiana, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merritt’s Supreme’, Stewartia monodelpha

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, purple

Great Color Partners: green, yellow, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Plant Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' in partial shade, out of hot afternoon sun to prevent burning on the foliage. Golden full moon maple will develop its best color in light to open shade. It will grow best in rich well drained soil with regular summer watering. Very little pruning is need to maintain a beautiful specimen; only remove poorly developed branches, dead wood or broken limbs.