Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Fernleaf Maple

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The fullmoon maple has a spherical growth habit and beautiful leaves, similar to those of Japanese maple, rounded with up to 11 sharply pointed lobes. It makes a magnificent specimen plant. Its flowers, which are tiny and purplish-red, are produced in April. Fall color is quite noteworthy, ranging from yellow to red. Fullmoon maple is a relative of the Japanese maple and has performed well in the harsh climate of northern Illinois. It prefers dappled light in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. This is a beautiful small specimen tree.


his cultivar is a dwarf that will grow to 8 to 10 feet in height with a similar spread in 10 years. Its lobed leaves are fern-like which give it a delicate appearance.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Specimen Plant
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 7