ACER japonicum 'Vitifolium'
Plant Common Name
Downy Japanese Maple, Fullmoon Maple, Grape-leaved Downy Japanese Maple
Fullmoon maple is a small, often multi-stemmed, deciduous tree native to Northeast Asia. The elegant, broad-spreading branches of the cultivar 'Vitifolium' are clothed with bold, lobed leaves that recall those of grape. They turn brilliant shades in fall. Attractive red flowers appear with the emerging leaves, followed by winged red fruits. The smooth gray bark provides winter interest.
Tolerant of most soils and sun or partial shade, fullmoon maple is a good tree for the lawn, shade garden, or mixed border, and teams beautifully with other East Asian woodland species such as redvein (Enkianthus campanulatus), Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica), and Japanese maple Acer palmatum. It also works well for bonsai.
AHS Heat Zone
7 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 7
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m
20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m
Spring, Summer, Fall