Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
If you're looking for a striking and unique addition to your garden, look no further than the Acer shirasawanum var. Aureum Yellow Moon Maple. This Japan native is prized for its stunning foliage, which changes color throughout the year. In the spring and summer, the leaves are a bright green with an almost translucent appearance. As the season progresses, the leaves darken to a deeper yellow before turning a rich orange blended with scarlet in the fall. The mother cultivar, from which these seeds were collected, is a stately tree that has been grown primarily for its foliage and stunning autumn colors. However, it is important to note that not every seedling will resemble the parent.
Unlike some other maples, the Acer shirasawanum var. Aureum can take full sun without burning, making it a versatile choice for any garden that receives partial to full sunshine. The bright, mottled yellow and gold colors of this maple cultivar are sure to provide a spectacular autumnal display that lasts for several weeks. The plant is often wider than it is tall, with a spread of 18 to 25 feet.
This cultivar has been described as one of the most beautiful selections of shirasawanum. Even without the stunning fall colors, the bright green foliage is a standout among other plants. It is a deciduous large shrub or small tree growing up to 15 meters tall. The bark is smooth on both young and old trees. The leaves are rounded, palmately veined and lobed, with 9-13 serrate shallowly incised lobes.
Overall, the Acer shirasawanum var. Aureum Yellow Moon Maple is a unique and striking plant that is sure to turn heads. Whether you plant it as an ornamental tree or in a garden bed, its stunning foliage and autumn colors are sure to provide a beautiful and vibrant display.