Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ • Fern Leaf Fullmoon Maple

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[The text below was prepared by SJG Plant Committee for docent maple training in fall 2013]

One is located in area ZZW Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ is a small, slow growing, upright tree that can grow to 16’ tall by 16’ wide. It has red flowers in the spring along with green leaves. The leaves are large, 4 – 6,” and resemble those of Aconitum, the monkshood genus. The leaves have 9 to 11 broadly opening lobes that narrow down to the point of intersection at the base.

‘Aconitifolium’ was cultivated in 1888 in England. It is grown for its pleasing shape, spring flowers and green leaves, and for its intense fall colors of orange, carmine-red and purple. In Japanese, ‘Aconitifulium’ is Mai-Kujaku, meaning “dancing peacock.” The tree in our garden was planted in 1995 and was donated by Kathleen Smith.


SJG • 10/4/2013 – Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ • Fern Leaf Fullmoon Maple, Area ZZW, just before it turned into fall colors


SJG • 10/22/2013 – Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ • Fern Leaf Fullmoon Maple, LEAVES on the ground, 2 and a half weeks later, Area ZZW

From Fine Gardening: […] Common Name: Full-moon maple, Fernleaf full-moon mapleSynonyms: ‘Filicifolium’, ‘Laciniatum’

Full-moon maple has deeply lobed leaves, crimson autumn color, and plenty of small, reddish flowers in spring. It can be grown as a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. Its growth habit is mounded, bushy, and spreading. The cultivar name ‘Aconitifolium’ refers to the fact that its ferny foliage resembles that of monkshood (Aconitum). This beautiful tree makes a great specimen plant and is very hardy.
Noteworthy characteristics: Good fall color; deeply lobed leaves; free-flowering.


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