Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

3 Reviews

Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

3 Reviews

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple is a striking and beautiful small tree, reaching 15 feet tall, and the same across. The leaves are broader than most Japanese Maples, with 9 to 13 shallow lobes, and in spring they are yellow with a thin red edge. They turn chartreuse-green in summer, and brilliant oranges and reds in fall. Trees develop small red flowers and clusters of red maple keys in winter. This is an ideal tree for sun or partial shade, and the perfect focal point in a woodland garden. Use it to complete your Asian-themed garden, as a tree on a small lawn area, or you can grow it in a large container on a terrace. It grows from zones 5 to 7 and this special tree will become a loved feature in any garden.

  • Beautiful broad leaves are golden yellow with red edges in spring
  • Gorgeous fall colors of orange and red
  • Graceful small tree to 15 feet, with a broad form
  • Grows well in full sun or partial shade
  • Ideal focal point in shady gardens, or as a container tree

The Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple grows in most soils, and prefers moist, well-drained soil enriched with organic material. Mulch the roots to conserve water and gently provide nutrients at the same time. If attention is paid to watering, this is an easy tree to grow, with no pests or diseases, and it needs no trimming or training to develop its beautiful, broad rounded form. This very special tree is a sought-after form of the remarkable Japanese maples, with a unique charm that will make your garden a wonderful place.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-7
Mature Width 10-15
Mature Height 10-15
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-7

In a shady garden, the best color for a highlight or focal point is light green, perhaps a lime or chartreuse green. Darker colors like reds just disappear into the shade. If you want to highlight your shade garden with a beautiful plant, then the Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple is the perfect choice. This small tree, growing between 10 and 15 or perhaps 20 feet tall in time, and just as wide, is perfect to catch your attention throughout spring and summer. In fall it turns glowing orange and red, mimicking the colors of the sugar maple, and making just as big a splash. The Full Moon Japanese Maple has larger, rounded leaves than regular Japanese maples do, so they are more noticeable, and help make this tree a stand-out feature in any garden.

Leaves and Flowers on the Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

The Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple is a small deciduous tree, with rounded leaves that are about 4 inches across. Each leave has nine to thirteen shallow lobes, not as deeply cut as the fingers on the regular Japanese maple. The leaves unfold like fans in spring, beginning the year in a bright shade of golden yellow-green, usually with a fine edging of red around the developing leaves. As the summer arrives and the leaves expand and mature, they become more chartreuse to lime-green, but still bringing a golden glow to your garden. As fall arrives the leaves begin to change color, gradually spreading until the whole tree is a stunning display of glowing oranges and reds, competing with the best of the fall maples to catch your attention.

Established trees produce clusters of small red flowers, just as the leaves are beginning to appear, and over summer these develop into bright-red maple ‘keys’, like miniature versions of those commonly seen on large maple trees. These create a lovely display in late fall and winter, hanging on the branches in a colorful show.

Growing Golden Full Moon Japanese Maples

The Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple grows into a small tree or multi-stem shrub, with a broad habit and graceful look. It will grow best in full sun in cooler areas, and in light shade, preferably in the afternoon, in warmer areas. It will also grow well in the dappled shade beneath large shade trees, but with more shade there will be some reduction in the intensity of fall colors.

Caring For Your Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

It should be grown in rich, well-drained soil, and although established trees can tolerate some short periods of dryness, for the best look, especially during summer, regular watering is recommended. Pay particular attention to watering during the first season or two, watering at least once a week from spring to fall. Use a mulch over the root zone, and check that the soil underneath it is moist at all times.

You may also want to grow this tree in a large container, where it will live for many years. This way it can be given the best watering and fertilizing, and it can also be easily moved as needed for suitable light conditions and to show it off at peak periods. With attention to watering, the Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple is actually easy to grow, and rarely suffers from any pests or diseases.

History and Origins of the Full Moon Japanese Maple

The Full Moon Japanese Maple (Acer shirasawanum) is one of three closely-related small maple trees that grow in Japan, under larger trees and on the margins of forests. The other two closely-related species are Acer japonicum – the Japanese Maple which is so well known to gardeners, and which comes in so many beautiful varieties – and Acer sieboldianum, Siebold’s maple, which is also sometimes grown in gardens, and has yellow flowers rather than the red ones seen on the other two species. The Full Moon Japanese Maple has broader, more rounded leaves, and the variety’ Aureum’ is an old one, that is widely grown for its outstanding color and special grace. It has been awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society of England, so you know that in the eyes of experts this is a quality plant.

Buying Full Moon Japanese Maples at The Tree Center

Our plants are produced from stem pieces of correctly identified specimens, attached to the roots of seedling Japanese Maple Trees. This special variety cannot be grown from seed, as seedlings will be the normal green color, so be sure that you choose the best – the Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple. This rare tree is only available from time to time, and the demand is always much more than the supply, so order now, while we still have stock available, because it will not be with us very long.

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Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

3 Reviews