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Full Moon Maple

Acer japonicum

Also known as

Downy Japanese Maple, Amur Maple

Acer japonicum flowers 001 by User:SB_Johnny (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Full Moon Maple Overview

Acer japonicum - also known as the Full Moon Maple, Amur Maple or Japanese Maple - is a firm favourite with gardeners, grown for its architectural qualities and stunning autumn colours. Planted as a specimen plant, in Japanese gardens or woodlands, it can also be grown outside in a large container - but needs to to be watered regularly throughout the growing season. Originally from Japan and South Korea, Acer japonicum's ease of cross pollination has led to numerous cultivars, and new varieties are produced regularly. They all have slender shoots which are downy with whitish hairs, and their lobed leaves turn red in Autumn. Purple-red flowers appear in spring and are followed by red-brown, paired, winged seeds. A low-maintenance, small, deciduous tree or large shrub, Acer japonicum tolerates most moist, well-drained soils (but prefers acid rather than alkaline soil). It likes a sheltered position and grows happily in sun or part shade.

Common problems with Full Moon Maple

How to propagate Full Moon Maple


But may not come true.



Softwood cuttings can be taken in early summer.



By budding in summer.

Special features of Full Moon Maple

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant

Other uses of Full Moon Maple

Specimen with autumn colour. Autumn interest.