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Acer japonicum

'Aconitifolium'


Cutleaf Fullmoon Japanese Maple




Origin:  Introduced into cultivation in 1888.
Family
Sapindaceae (Aceraceae)
Genus
Acer
Species
japonicum
Cultivar
'Aconitifolium'
Category
Woody
Type
Tree (deciduous)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
5
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4 - 6a
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7 - H6
Temperature (°C)
-29 - (-23)
Temperature (°F)
-20 - (-10)
Height
5 m (after 20 years)
Spread
3.5 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
April
General Description
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ is a deciduous small tree or large shrub that’s typically multi stemmed. It is notable for its crimson autumn colour but is equally attractive when in its full, green, summer dress.
Landscape
Acer japonicum ‘Acontifolium’ is used in landscapes because it is considered both a small tree or a large shrub and thus it is quite versatile. It also has a pronounced autumn red colour which makes it quite noticeable in the late season landscape.
Cultivation
Grow in full sun to partial shade, however scorching is known to happen in full sun where high summer temperatures are frequent. It prefers well drained soil that’s is moist but slightly acidic.
Shape
It is a broad spreading form, but short in stature.
Growth
Medium
ID Characteristic
It is know for its intense autumn colour and it's deeply lobed leaves.
Pests
Aphids, stem canker and Verticillium wilt.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Smooth, greyish bark that has little ornamental value..
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
1 cm buds
Leaf Description
The leaves are 9-15 cm, palmate and deep green, with 9-11 deeply dissected lobes. In autumn the leaves turn a brilliant burgundy-red colour.
Flower Description
Pendulous, red-purple flowers that emerge in April, about 5 mm and held on a 3 cm peduncle in clusters of 5-7.
Fruit Description
The samara, held in pairs, 3 cm in length, is red in immaturity, turning beige-brown at the onset of winter.
Colour Description
The foliage is green and turns bright red in autumn, flowers are a purplish red while the bark is a greyish colour.
Texture Description
Medium
Notable Specimens
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Grafted on the understock of A. japonicum.
References
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Stipes Publishing ; 6th edition (August 2009) - Michael A. Dirr.
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