Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'
Common name: 
Golden Fullmoon Maple
A-ser shir-ah-sa-WAN-um
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Acer japonicum ‘Aureum’
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree/shrub, slow growing but may, in time, reach 16-20 ft (5-6 m) high with an equal spread. Leaves simple, opposite, to 6 x 6 cm, suboricular, 11-13 lobed, acuminate, bright yellow to greenish-yellow (depending on exposure), may be golden-yellow to orange in the fall, but often shows little color (van Gelderen and van Gelderen, 1999).
  • Shade, may scorch in the sun in hot weather, protect from late spring frosts and wind.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6       Introduced into Holland from Japan in about 1865 and into England by 1881 (Jacobson, 1996).
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden
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  • plant habit, small tree, spring

    plant habit, small tree, spring

  • major branch, spring

    major branch, spring

  • plant habit, large tree, spring

    plant habit, large tree, spring

  • leaves, spring

    leaves, spring

  • leaves and flower cluster

    leaves and flower cluster

  • shaded leaves, spring

    shaded leaves, spring