Common Name: Downy Japanese maple or Fullmoon Maple
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan and Southern Korea.
Habit: Small deciduous tree growing 5-10 m tall.
Leaves: Rounded, 7-15 cm diameter with 9-13 serrate lobes incised to half or less of the diameter of the leaf; they are downy at first with white hairs, the hairs mostly lost by late summer except on the veins and underside of the leaf. The petiolie is 2-4 cm long and hairy. In autumn, leaves turn bright orange to dark red.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite.
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers 1 cm long, dark purplish-red with 5 sepals and petals, produced 10-15 together in drooping corymbs in early spring. Fruit is paired samara, 20-15mm wing.
Bark: Smooth on young trees, becoming rough and scaly on old trees. Shoots are slender, and thinly downy with whitish hairs.
Water Use, Soil: Average water needs. Water regularly but do not overwater. Suitable for sandy, loamy, and clay soils, prefers well-drained soil.
Exposure: Best in semi-shade.
Landscape Uses: Woodland gardens, specimen, rock gardens.
Limitations: Chlorosis can sometimes develop in alkaline soils. Needs protection from cold, drying winds, and susceptible todamage from late spring frosts.
Other Features: Tolerates Juglans nigra.