Acer japonicum falicifolium aconitifolium - 'Fernleaf' Fullmoon Maple

Family - Aceraceae

Size - Slow growing small tree to roughly 9 to 10 feet. Spread is as wide or wider. Upright to horizontal branching

Foliage - Opposite, 7 to 9 lobes, Highly dissected, deeply cut almost to the leaf base. Very lacy and fine textured in appearance. Medium to dark green. Fall color is a beautiful combination of scarlet and orange.

Flower/Fruit/Seed - 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 and I'm almost certain this was attributed to either heat distress or possibly even fertilizer levels (high salts), or both. Many Maples, particularly Japanese Maples (and I use that as a generic term to cover many of the small, ornamental 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. I believe it could be trained as a bonsai also. Nine to ten feet is the top size I think you'll see for this tree, but don't expect it to attain this size for 25 to 35 years, maybe more.

Performance - 8 Foliage can have the tendency to get a little ragged in appearance by late summer, especially if it's been particularly hot and dry. I haven't seen the scorch problem on the tree since planting, at least to the degree it exhibited in the nursery. In general, the highly dissected Maples have a tendency to scorch in hot climates so a little afternoon shade would be helpful.


Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple

Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple seeds

Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple in the fall

Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple flower