Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple
A. j. f. aconitifolium
A. j. 'Maiku jaku'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m), rounded, bushy habit, but a strong structure. Leaves simple, opposite, roundish, 7.5-15 cm across, 9-11 lobes separated by deep cuts, to within 6-12 mm the end of petiole, each lobe being again divided and sharply toothed. Crimson fall color. Fruit about 2.5 cm long with wings ranging from horizontal (180°) to an obtuse angle (between 180° and 90°).
- Sun to part shade. Culture similar to that of Acer palmatum.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 The species is native to Japan; it is less common in gardens than several cultivars, ‘Aconitifolium’ is the most widely grown. It was honored with Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
- Aconitifolium: the leaves have an appearance similar to the fern-like leaves of the genus Aconitum (Monkshood); pronounced: ak-ko-ny-ti-FO-lee-um or a-kon-ee-ti-FO-lee-um.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Ag. & Life Sciences "fountain", i.e., under bridge to Cordley.