Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Michael J. McGroarty
Perry, Ohio 44081 Copyright 2011

Acer japonicum ‘Aureum’, Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple is a different kind of a Japanese maple.  First of all, it has golden or yellow leaves that start out in the spring almost a fluorescent green that look like velvet as you walk by.  This is an upright Japanese maple, but it’s not from the more popular palmatum family of upright maples.  This one is from the japonicum family of upright maples, which are much more rare and difficult to find.

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The wood of the branches and the bark are also very different from the palmatum varieties.  Not necessarily unique or eye catching, just different.  But all in all, this is a very nice tree and a favorite in my landscape.

Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Acer japonicum Golden Full Moon

Acer japonicum Golden Full Moon

Acer shirasawanum Aureum

Acer shirasawanum Aureum

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3 thoughts on “Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

  1. mark on said:

    When planting a 10 ft golden full moon maple is mushroom compost and peet moss a good combo to amend soil ?
    I just purchased one of these trees and the leaves just started blooming last Sat but are drooping before I moved them
    Is this a water issue ?
    I appreciate any helpful advice

    • Mike on said:

      Mark,

      Peat moss and mushroom compost are going to hold a lot of water. If you are planting in clay soil that makes it worse. If you suspect the roots are too wet lift the tree out of the hole, fill the hole half way up with regular soil, then replant the tree high and mound soil over the root ball. Leaves that are dry around the edges could have gotten burned when you brought the tree home. Trees should be tarped when being transported.

  2. Andrea on said:

    I just purchased this tree and have it in a pot on my deck, which is partly sunny in the afternoon. Does anyone have experience growing this tree in a container? I am also wondering about pruning…the main stem is quite tall..7 feet or so, and I’d like to encourage branching lower down. Thanks!

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