Acer shirasawanum Autumn Moon has wonderful color throughout the growing season – yellow to gold and orange to red from spring to fall. As an added bonus he leaves have visible veins known as reticulation. This maple was selected by J. D. Vertrees in the 1970s. Vertrees is the maple guru that wrote the first book Japanese Maples in 1978. He passed away years ago and the revisions to his initial work were continued by Peter Gregory of the Maple Society (Peter Gregory passed away in 2020). The last book is the 4th edition.
Acer shirasawanum Autumn Moon is in the same genus as the Golden Full Moon Maple – Acer shirasawanum Aureum. I like to think of Autumn Moon as a cousin to Aureum. A small to medium sized tree with wonderful color throughout the growing season. Summer colors are peach, orange, green and gold. Fall colors mirror the spring and summer, but the leaves are brighter in color from gold to crimson.
The recommended sun exposure is in the morning with some shade protection from the hot afternoon sun. Not a fast growing maple, but definitely faster than its cousin Aureum. Estimated height in 10 years is 7′. Once established hardy to USDA zone 5. Either Autumn Moon or Moonrise, another shirasawanum maple is a must for a Japanese Maple collector.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.I also recommend you join the Maple Society North American Branch both are free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the groups have a wealth of experience and post many photos. The Facebook page of The Maple Society North American Branch also shows a photo of my Autumn Moon.
Limited availability – I have a small number of 1 and 2 gallon size Autumn Moon maples.
The first photo shows the fantastic spring color of Autumn Moon in a 3 gallon container. The second photo is the Autumn Moon in my display garden during the summer.