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How to Grow Acer japonicum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Downy Japanese Maple Aconitifolium

Downy japanese maple aconitifolium

momiji, Acer japonicum photograph by Koichi Oda.


Quick Acer japonicum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Acer japonicum
  • Common Name: Downy japanese maple aconitifolium
  • Growing Zone (USA): 5 to 7
  • Life Cycle/Type: Shrub, Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 120 to 360
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 360
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Color of Bloom: Red
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: 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
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • 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 wiltcan be problematic

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best used in: Container, Areas requiring pest tolerance, Standard, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Acer
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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