Acer shirasawanum Aureum

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Acer shirasawanum Aureum


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Acer shirasawanum Aureum is known as the ‘Golden Full Moon Maple’  and is prized by maple collectors.

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Acer shirasawanum Aureum is known as the ‘Golden Full Moon Maple’ an older cultivar in the same genus as Autumn Moon, Jordan, Kawaii and Moonrise. Shirasawanum refers to Full Moon maples that include the four mentioned above plus Johin, Mikado, Red Dawn, and Shira Red.  All shirasawanum maples can be identified by looking at the flowers and subsequent seed pods [samaras]. If they point up rather than hang down then it is a shirasawanum maple – palmatum species hang down.

Acer shira shirasawanum Aureum is a small to medium sized tree with wonderful color throughout the growing season. The new spring growth is an exquisite lime green. Summer color is a golden yellow-green with a tinge of red along the edges of each leaf. Fall color is gold to orange to crimson evolving on all the leaves. The Golden Full Moon Maple is a spectacular tree though very slow growing. Typically it takes 5-6 years to grow a 3 gallon size.

Recommended sun exposure is in the morning with shade protection from the hot afternoon sun. Fall colors are some of the best ranging from gold to orange to crimson often on each individual leaf. This cultivar is highly desired for a smaller partial shade garden. Placement in either a Northern or Eastern location would be best. Aureum is an extremely slow grower and may reach 5′ in 10 years.  Average mature size is 8′ tall and wide in 20 years. Once established hardy to -20, USDA Zone 5.

Limited Inventory – At the nursery I will have 2 gallons that average between 16″ and 22″. These maples grow slow and sell fast. The 3 gallons are full and between 28″-34″ tall.

The first photo shows a 7 gallon Aureum sold last year at the nursery orignally from  Buchholz Nursery.  The next two photos show my Aureum specimen in the spring and then a branch with fall color.  The last photo is a 3 gallon sold in 2018.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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