Growing 15 feet tall with a similar spread, 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. 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. It is noted for having large shallowly lobed leaves (to 6" across) with coarsely toothed margins. The foliage emerges in bronze tones, matures to green and develops fall colors of deep purple, orange and red. Its cultivar name means grape leaf in reference to the similarity to those of some grapes (Vitis genus).
Specimen Plant, Understory