Autumn Moon Japanese Maple

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Autumn Moon Japanese Maple

Autumn Moon Japanese Maple

Growing Zone:        5 - 8

Mature Height:       12 to 15 feet
Mature Width:         8 to 10 feet
Classification:         Medium tree
Sunlight:                   Sun to shade
Habit:                        Deciduous, densely branched.
Flower Color:          Insignificant
Foliage:                     yellow with orange red margins
Soil Condition:        Any well drained soil
Water Require:       Water well until established.
Uses:                          Extremely attractive when used as a focal point or a specimen planting, very slow growing
Does Not Ship To: AK, CA, HI, WA, OR, AZ
Autumn Moon Japanese Maple  is an outstanding small tree for city gardens with limited space. New growth unfurls yellow to burnt orange, with underlying tones ranging from orange, salmon and chartreuse for the remainder of the season. Exceptional fall foliage displays varying shades of gold to red. Thrives in cool summer regions.
Planting Autumn Moon Japanese Maple:
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Autumn Moon Japanese Maple plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
Watering your Autumn Moon Japanese Maple:
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Autumn Moon Japanese Maple a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
Fertilizing an Autumn Moon Japanese Maple:
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. When first planting we recommend Bio-tone by espoma.
Maintaining a constant low level of fertility will keep your trees healthy throughout the year. Applying high levels of nitrogen (N) is not recommended. Avoid using high Nitrogen lawn fertilizer on Japanese maples. Japanese maples look best and develop thicker stems when allowed to grow at a slower speed. Applying high amounts of nitrogen will cause excessively fast growth that will weaken the plant. Weak branches can lead to damage if you are located where icing during winter is a problem. Fertilizing your Japanese maple with the proper type of fertilizer should be done either in late winter while the ground is still cold (frozen?), or after the last freeze in spring. I recommend using a slow or controlled release type fertilizer. When using a slow-release pellet-type fertilizer, it is best to bore holes about 6 inches deep into the soil about half way between the main trunk and the drip line of the branches. IMPORTANT: Scattering slow-release fertilizer on the top of the soil does not allow the fertilizer to maintain a constant moisture level inside the pellet, resulting in sporadic and possibly untimely releases. Bore several holes around the tree and divide the proper amount of fertilizer recommended by the manufacturer by the number of holes. Drop the fertilizer into the holes and fill the remainder of the holes with soil. Water around the tree and now the tree is fertilized for an entire year. As the tree grows, the amount of fertilizer will need to be increased. Tree fertilizer spikes also work well and are easy to use. Follow recommended rates based on the tree size.
Important Note:  we only recommend using liquid type fertilizer like Miracle-Gro® on Japanese maples during the first summer, and only to help establish the tree. Once you see good growth you can stop liquid feeding. Do not liquid feed in late fall or early spring. Liquid fertilizers encourage Japanese maples to grow instantly, and this is not recommended as early freezes in fall and late freezes in spring will cause damage or kill your tree. We recommend Espoma Tree-tone as a balanced organic fertilizer.
Mulching your Autumn Moon Japanese Maple :
We highly recommend that you mulch your Autumn Moon Japanese Maple with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the  mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
Pruning your OAutumn Moon Japanese Maple :
Japanese maples such as Autumn Moon Japanese Maple are not especially particular as to when they are pruned; however, spring is generally not a good time as new growth and sap are beginning to develop. Winter and summer are commonly accepted as good times to prune. The winter is probably the best time as it is easy to see the branches and growing structure of the tree. Summer, on the other hand, allows for a more accurate gauge of which branches need to be thinned. It is important to be careful of the temperature when pruning in the summer, however. Removing thicker areas of foliage can reveal previously shaded areas and invite scalding by the sun.
Pruning the upright Japanese maple involves four main steps. The first is to prune off lower limbs that crowd other low-growing shrubs or possibly impede a walkway. Next, prune off dead wood — that is, any dead twigs or brittle branches that no longer grow foliage. The third step is to separate the tree into layers. Remove branches that intrude into the layers above and below them. The final step is to evenly thin the branches. Remove some small lateral branches and keep others for an overall thinned out look. The ideal appearance is to have fewer branches that fill all the empty spaces.
It is best to prune Autumn Moon Japanese Maple in the late spring or early summer when temperatures are below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars (2,489)
  • Adam Feltes Jul 3, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    Arrived very healthy and surviving the season! Well packaged. Quick ship.
    Adam Feltes reviewed Autumn Moon Japanese Maple (SKU: 13761)
    Autumn Moon Japanese Maple (SKU: 13761)
  • Carole Zucco Jun 5, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    The tree came in a timely manner, was well packaged and seems to be doing fine. Thank you for your service and your product.
    Carole Zucco reviewed Autumn Moon Japanese Maple (SKU: 13761)
    Autumn Moon Japanese Maple (SKU: 13761)
  • Wendy Richardson Nov 20, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    Omg it is beautiful & awesome!!! I need to replant it and that’s it!!!
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  • lavontm Nov 17, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    For some reason you have to leave a “love it” rating in order to leave a picture which seems backwards to me. But in order to help out those purchasing I’ll sacrifice giving this a “Not A Fan” in order to share a photo that might be helpful. I ordered thinking I would receive as the photo depicted and received this. Not a single leaf split. After contacting seller was told it was a younger plant and pictures show mature/grown plant. It would definitely have been helpful if that was noted anywhere before I purchased. I will definitely love on this plant and treat it with care so that I can hopefully see it become what is shown in the picture. I definitely just wanted anyone else with expectations of what is pictured.
    For some reason you have to leave a “love it” rating in order to leave a picture which seems backwards to me. But in order to help out those purchasing I’ll sacrifice giving this a “Not A Fan” in order to share a photo that might be helpful. I ordered thinking I would receive as the photo depicted and received this. Not a single leaf split. After contacting seller was told it was a younger plant and pictures show mature/grown plant. It would definitely have been helpful if that was noted anywhere before I purchased. I will definitely love on this plant and treat it with...
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