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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 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 or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn foliage color

Full Moon Maple, Japanese Maple ‘Autumn Moon’

Category:

Trees

Group:

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Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California

Pontiac, Illinois

West Friendship, Maryland

Galesburg, Michigan

Mattawan, Michigan

Rochester, New York

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Euclid, Ohio

MOUNT HOOD PARKDALE, Oregon

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Tennessee

Langley, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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