Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' is a stunning Japanese maple with almost round nine to thirteen lobed leaves which emerge in spring a beautiful pale golden yellow. During summer they mature to a lime green. On mature plants the winged seeds produced in late summer are a burgandy-orange and are held high amongst the foliage creating an attractive effect.
'Aureum' can eventually grow into a small dome shaped tree almost as wide as it is tall. It is also happy grown in a container. A classic acer for japanese style planting.
- Position: Dappled sun / part shade, out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: 3 to 6 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: Deciduous open, strongly branched small tree
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Aureum' and full moon maple
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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