How to Grow Acer japonicum Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Downy Japanese Maple / Amur Maple
Momiji, Acer japonicum photograph by Koichi Oda.
Acer japonicum, the Amur Maple by photosteve101.
Acer japonicum Growing and Care Guide
- Scientific Name: Acer japonicum
- Common Name: Downy japanese maple aconitifolium, Amur Maple, Fullmoon Maple, Red Downy Japanese Maple.
- Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 7
- Life Cycle / Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
- Plant Height (Inches): 120 to 360
- Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 360
- Time of Bloom: Spring
- Flower Details: Red
- Leaf Foliage: Green
- Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect
Ideal Growing Conditions
- Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
- Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
- Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
- Soil Moisture: Moist
- Level of Maintenance: Low
- Propagation: Grafting or soft-wood cuttings
- How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
- Pests: Aphids and horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem
- Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wilt can be problematic
- Can Attract:
- Tolerant of:
- Best Garden Use: Container, Areas requiring pest tolerance, Standard, Specimen
- Genus Detail: Acer
- Further Reading and References: Here and Here
- Family: Sapindaceae
- Closely Related Family members: Japanese maple; Norway maple; Heart Pea; and Yellowhorn.
- Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms