Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Acer palmatum ‘Moonfire’

This is one of the Japanese maple varieties Spring New Growth that gives both a great spring show and a fall celebration. Moonfire is a selection of A. palmatum var. atropurpureum by Richard Wolff of Red Maple Nursery, Media, Pennsylvania. New growth in the spring carries hues of black, purple, red and puts on a good show until late spring. Fall foliage turns to a similar burgundy to red show. In our gardens, the fall peak show is around December 1, and can last well into winter, depending on just how hard the freeze get. In the proper spot, Moonfire will develop into a stout tree and top out at about 20’.