Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’

autumn moon maple

Outstanding Qualities

A lovely small Japanese maple, Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon', is a bold element with a quiet elegance in the garden. This deciduous tree leafs out in the spring with unusual burnt-orange color with an underlying shade of green and colors that intensify toward summer in sun conditions. Grown in shade the leaves color more pale to yellowish green tones.The striking palmate leaves have a pleated effect reminding one of a geishas' fan. The brightly colored foliage is resistant to burning in full sun and makes it the focal point of any planting. The slow growing nature of this tree makes it a good choice for large containers. Plant with dark green or blue green foliage plants to heighten the contrast of gold and orange tones on this specimen.

Colors & Combos

Culture Notes

Autumn 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.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering