Acer shirasawanum Moonrise is another Full Moon maple and is a cousin of the Golden Full Moon maple – Aureum.  Moonrise was found as a chance seedling and was propagated by Carl of Munn’s Nursery in Oregon. This seedling was most likely from another cousin – Autumn Moon.  Both maples are similar in size and shape but the new leaves for Moonrise have a more vibrant color – the orange, peach, salmon, and crimson color of the leaves is more vivid than that of Autumn Moon. The leaves are reticulated and show some variegation on individual leaves from light green to gold, bronze, orange and red. Summer color is yellow-green, gold and orange.

Sounds great doesn’t it. I was thinking of not growing any more Autumn Moon and concentrating on the newer maple but then I noticed that the fall color did not appear on Moonrise. In 2017 I noticed that the leaves just seemed to turn brown and fall off. No crimson red or orange or gold. I waited for fall again last year and the same thing happened. Well, spring color is one thing, but no fall color is another. I guess I am just going to grow both and be honest about the pros and cons of each.

This maple grows gracefully as an upright, multi-branched, dwarf maple reaching about 6-7′ tall in 10 years. Like Autumn Moon, some shade during the hottest part of the day is preferred. Overall Moonrise has a compact shape, if pruned regularly, which makes it a good selection for a medium-sized garden. Once established hardy to USDA zone 5.

The first two photos show container grown maples in my inventory with new spring color. The last photo is Moonrise also grown in a container, but with more shade during the summer.