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A picture of a Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan'

Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan'

Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan'

Also known as

Japanese Maple 'Jordan'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the buttery yellow coloured leaves of Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' (Golden Full Moon Maple)
A close up of the lime yellow coloured summer leaves of Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' (Golden Full Moon Maple)

Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan' Overview

Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' is an erect deciduous shrub that forms a very attractive small tree. It produces yellow leaves in spring that develop to yellow-green in summer before turning a dramatic orange-red in autumn. Commonly known by the name Golden Full Moon Maple, this cultivar - unlike some other Japanese Maples - can tolerate full sun, provided it has protection from the strong early morning sunshine. It has insignificant red flowers in spring followed by winged fruits in summer. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards and Japanese style gardens. It is particularly useful for small gardens.

Common problems with Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan'

How to propagate Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan'



Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.

Special features of Golden Full Moon Maple 'Jordan'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour