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Acer japonicum 'Branford Beauty'

Full Moon Maple

Plant Type:


​​Acer japonicum ‘Branford Beauty’ (ex: Nickou) – is a beautiful, open upright tree with deeply incised foliage very reminiscent of some of the refined weeping, cut-leaf Acer palmatum forms. Each leaf is composed of even narrower, lacier fully incised lobes than A. japonicum ‘Green Cascade’ or ‘Aconitifolium’. Leaves turn brilliant red in the autumn before exposing the handsome framework made of smooth gray branches. This was a seedling selection made by Nick Nickou in Branford, Connecticut. Site ‘Branford Beauty’ in full to three-quarters sun planted in fertile soil. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised. Established potted 'Branford Beauty', cutting grown.


10-15 ft


10-15 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Acer japonicum 'Branford Beauty'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Alee

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown