Acer shirasawanum, also known as the full moon maple, is a deciduous tree species native to Japan. It is a member of the Aceraceae family, which also includes other maple trees.
The tree typically grows to a height of 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) and has a broad, rounded canopy. The leaves of the Acer shirasawanum are large, typically measuring 4-7 inches (10-18 centimeters) in diameter. They are deeply lobed with toothed edges and have a bright green color in the spring and summer. In the fall, the leaves turn a stunning array of colors including yellow, orange, and red.
The Acer shirasawanum is often prized for its striking appearance and is a popular ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. It is hardy in USDA zones 5-8.
There are several cultivars of Acer shirasawanum available, each with its own unique characteristics. Some popular cultivars include 'Aureum', which has golden-yellow leaves, and 'Autumn Moon', which has bright orange-red foliage in the fall.