Description

Acer shirasawanum Autumn Moon 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 years ago and the revisions to his initial work were the result of the Maple Society’s Peter Gregory’s efforts.  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. A small to medium sized tree with wonderful color throughout the growing season. The leaves are reticulated and show some variegation on individual leaves from light green to gold, bronze and orange.  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.

The first  photo shows the fantastic spring color of Autumn Moon in a 3 gallon container in my inventory – currently sold out. The second photo was taken at night with a flash and the last photo shows the maple in my display garden during the summer.