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James H. Schutte
ACER palmatum 'Moonfire'
Japanese Maple, Moonfire Japanese Maple
Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. The cultivar 'Moonfire' features deeply lobed, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves which emerge purple-red in spring and deepen to burgundy-red in summer. This color persists longer than that of most other red-leaved cultivars. In fall, the leaves turn fiery tones. In winter, the stark gray branches will add to any garden or landscape.
This Japanese maple prefers sites with rich, acidic, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. Growth is relatively fast when for the first few years, then slows. This plant is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a garden specimen, in a mixed border, or in a container.
8 - 2
6 - 8
A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m
15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring
Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Red, Dark Red
Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red
Red, Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red, Orange Red
Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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