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Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aconitifolium
Additional cultivar information: (aka Maiku jaku, Dancing Peacock)

Synonym:Acer japonicum f. aconitifolium

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive prairiefaerie On Oct 7, 2009, prairiefaerie from Champaign, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This tree was purchased as a Mother's Day gift for me in 2008, and I LOVE it! We have it in the NE corner of our yard, in the partial shade of a large Magnolia. The tree receives only about 2 hours of direct sun in the summer time, and the winter winds are attenuated in this part of the yard partially by the neighbors 8 ft. privacy fence, and a stand of White Pines. Unfortunately, the tree does receive some direct sunlight in the winter when the magnolia has no leaves, but hopefully (knock on wood) this will not prove to be a problem.

Positive conifers On Mar 31, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very popular cultivar of Fullmoon Maple. In hot climates such as the midwest or the deep south, this tree will show signs of scorch. Partial sun, therefore is best in these such climates.

This species seems to be more hardy than that of species palmatum (Acer palmatum). A good choice for zone 5a climates.

Photo of its outstanding fall color taken October 25, 2005 in Illinois, USA.

Positive doss On Apr 27, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The leaves on this tree are quite large, about three inches across. In the fall they turn shiny, mottled red and yellow, slowly turning to dark red and then to dull red/brown. It will hold onto it's leaves rather than drop them and I have to remove them to keep the tree tidy in the late fall. New spring foliage is light green with some pink and then darkening some through the summer. Has been known to be called a threadleaf full moon maple.

Positive Terry On Aug 30, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The common name of "Japanese Maple" is a bit confusing - this species is not as widely known or grown as Acer palmatum. The cultivar 'Aconitifolium' is the most popular of the species; its Japanese name 'Maiku-jaku' reportedly translates as "Dancing Peacock". It has the added benefit of being a bit hardier than A. palmatum

Recipient of the Award of Garden Merit from the RHS; deserves to be more widely grown, IMO


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Champaign, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Elkton, Maryland
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Euclid, Ohio
Walterville, Oregon
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Walhalla, South Carolina
Millington, Tennessee
Garland, Texas
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Des Moines, Washington
Longview, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Racine, Wisconsin

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