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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Scientific Name
Acer japonicum

Common Name
Fullmoon maple

Family - Aceraceae

This delightful cultivar bears rounded yet deeply lobed leaves, toothed around the edges. Fresh lime green spring foliage accompanies clusters of small red flowers, pale seedpods appear in summer and its autumn tints are rich crimson.

Flowers/Fruits/Seeds - Flowers are red, appear with the foliage, and are quite attractive and conspicuous in emergence. They last for approximately 10 days to 2 weeks. Flowering occurs approximately the 1st to 2nd week of April here. Seed are also a deep red and conspicuous, standing erect on the branches.

Pests and Diseases - None noticed. As a container grown tree, it did exhibit some leaf scorch. Many Maples, particularly Japanese Maples are very sensitive to fertilizer salts. When container growing, one has to be careful that fertilizer levels are not too high, or use a fertilizer that has a more organic source.

Landscape Use - Specimen use, it's excellent advantage is its small size and it can fit into the smallest of pocket sized gardens. Provides great interest in flower, foliage, fall color and form for all seasons.

Give all Japanese maples a moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position as they dislike waterlogging and exposure to wind.


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