Japanese Maple Tree (Acer palmatum)

  • Broadleafed
  • Deciduous

The Japanese maple tree is considered a shrub or small tree inasmuch as it typically grows only to 16-20 feet tall but has a wide spread. Numerous cultivars are available, with the red-leafed Japanese maples being the most popular.

  • Alternate Common Name: None
  • Average Height: The Japanese maple tree is a deciduous shrub with a height of 16-20 ft.
  • Average Width: The canopy of a Japanese maple can extend to 20 ft.
  • Leaf Description: Japanese maple leaves are 1-5 inches long and wide and lobed with five, seven, or nine, very pointed lobes.
  • Bark Description: Smooth gray-brown trunk that develops minor ridges as it matures.
  • Twig Description: Fine long twigs with a smooth surface.
  • Flowering: Individual flowers with five red or purple sepals and five whitish petals in the spring.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
  • Comments: The Japanese maple tree is native to Japan. Many cultivars of this species are available for planting. As they mature they create a "dome" shaped appearance.

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