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  • Acer aconitifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2.5m to 3m
  • Spread2.5m to 3m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitUpright arching
  • Flower ColourRed-purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen, crimson
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Acer aconitifolium (Downy Japanese Maple 'Aconitifolium'). Also known as Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium Maiku Jaku' and Acer japonicum Filicifolium'. This dwarf, multi-stemmed tree grows up to 3 metres high, with a rounded habit. The leaves are finely 9-11-lobed, the lobes being deeply incised almost to the base with each lobe being further divided, sharply dentate. The shape is very much like the genus Aconitum, or Monkshood. In summer the leaves are mid green and they turn crimson in autumn. Pendulous corymbs of red-purple flowers appear in the spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Full Moon Maple

Origin

Manchuria, Korea, Japan

Interest and use

Primarily grown for their autumn colour.

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  • Acer aconitifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Prefers dappled shade. Protect from strong winds and stake for a more erect habit.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Stem canker

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