Information about Acer japonicum

Acer japonicum, also known as the full moon maple or downy Japanese maple, is a deciduous tree species native to Japan and Korea. It is a member of the family Aceraceae and is commonly grown as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks.

The tree typically grows to a height of 15 to 25 feet (4.6 to 7.6 meters) with a spread of 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6.1 meters). The leaves are typically 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 centimeters) in diameter and have five to nine lobes, which turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow in the fall.

Acer japonicum prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade, though it can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, withstanding temperatures down to -20°F (-29°C).

There are several cultivars of Acer japonicum available, including 'Aconitifolium,' which has deeply cut leaves and is often grown as a bonsai, and 'Vitifolium,' which has large, grape-like leaves.