Acers (or Maples as they are commonly known as) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours. There are many different types of Acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 – 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, – samaras – or “helicopters”, “whirlybirds” “maple keys” or “polynoses” due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. Acer shirasawanum is a species Acer native to Japan and is often called the Full Moon Maple or Shirasawa Maple. This species has leaves that are round, palmate, lobed (usually 9-13 lobes) and not deeply incised. They are grown mainly for their coloured foliage – particularly Autumn foliage. ‘Moonrise’ has red foliage in Spring, turning to lime green, and then, in late Autumn, deep red. It grows to a height of around 8 feet.

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It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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