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Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' - Full Moon Maple from Quackin Grass Nursery

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' - Full Moon Maple from Quackin Grass Nursery

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Full Moon Maple

Plant Type:


Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – A gorgeous slow growing tree. The Full Moon Maple harbors slightly greater hardiness than A. palmatum, the Japanese Maple. An open, very slow growing upright tree with deeply incised foliage very reminiscent of some of the refined weeping, cut-leaf Acer palmatum forms. ‘Aconitifolium’ should not be confused with the Golden Full Moon Maple with its exceptional yellow leaves. Each leaf of 'Aconitifolium' is composed of deeply incised lobes. Leaves turn brilliant red in the autumn before exposing the handsome framework made of smooth gray branches. But orange tones are sometimes the autumn highlight. Our two specimens have proved to be slow growers having attained 12 feet (in full sun) to 14 feet (in open dappled light) in 20 years. Personally, this is a tree I would not be without for its consistent beauty, handsome stature and glorious fall color. Where 'Aconitifolium' was found - either in the wild or erupted in a nursery perhaps - the species originates in Japan, Manchuria and Korea. Site ‘Aconitifolium’ in open/dappled shade to full sun planted in fertile soil. Cutting grown.


15-20 ft


15-20 ft


(4b)5 to 7
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Characteristics and Attributes for Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Handsome
  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


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


  • Alee
  • Specimen
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Manchuria

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Acer

So many maples, so little time! There are an extraordinary number of very good species in Aceraceae, many of smaller stature that fit well in smaller landscapes and gardens of any size. Most have multi-season appeal and, indeed, these are the ones to which we at Quackin’ Grass Nursery gravitate. Most are content in fertile draining soils sited in full sun. Others are happier in the part sun conditions akin to the understory stature as suggested by their size. Through the years we have found that many maples when planted in the far northern end of the USDA hardiness range respond well to protection during at least their first winter - preferably more - in the landscape, i.e. use tall stakes set firmly in the ground with burlap attached completely barricading the tree. All of our maple offerings are cutting grown; these plants are not grafted.